China Detains 1,000 Petitioners Ahead of Parliament

From Radio Free Asia:

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained around 1,000 people with grievances against the government ahead of the country’s annual parliament which opens in Beijing Wednesday, told RFA’s Mandarin service.

China’s law proclaims human rights, freedom and equality before the law. But why have the perpetrators not been brought to justice?

Petitioner Lin Xiuli

“I’d say there were more than 1,000 petitioners from across the country in Majialou,” Huang Caipiao, a petitioner from the southeastern province of Fujian, said after being sent to the unofficial detention center for petitioners south of the city.

“There was no one listening to our grievances there,” said Huang, who was intercepted by Beijing police Monday as he headed towards the national prosecution service, the Supreme Procuratorate.

Video shot by petitioners at Gongyi East overpass.

March 5, 2008, 4:11 PM
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