They're a prolonged headache for the Chinese authorities: petitioners. Simple citizens come to Beijing's Petition Office to lodge complaints over grievances such as land-grabbing, destruction or property and persecution. They come here to bypass local governments who don't - or won't - listen. With the new session of Parliament opening, the government has promised to improve the situation for petitioners and the way they're treated, though the complainants say they're yet to see any change.
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