The Interceptor: "Persuading the Return" of Petitioners

A new documentary film looks at the role of “Interceptors,” or local officials who are sent to stop petitioners from their jurisdiction from traveling to Beijing to file a formal complaint. Caixin has produced an English podcast about the film and about the phenomenon of petitioners and interceptors. Read more about the movie via the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

Meanwhile, lawyer Pu Zhiqiang recently found and posted on his microblog a flowchart explaining the complex division of labor for all officials and departments assigned with managing petitioners. Titled, “Workflow Diagram for Managing and Persuading the Return of Abnormal Petitioners According to Law,” the document was reportedly first published by the Henan government in a book titled, “Mass Work Data Compilation” (群众工作资料汇编) in 2007. (translated by CDT)

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