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Chinese Petitioner Locked Inside Home After Dissenting Against Authorities

2020-10-01 15:06
A woman and her husband have been trapped at home for 64 days after she attempted to travel to Beijing and call on authorities to address her grievances. Ordinary Chinese citizens can petition the National Public Complaints and Proposals Administration in Beijing, an agency that hears public complaints. Such petitioning is a tradition that dates back to ancient China, when citizens would travel to the capital and plead with officials of the imperial court as a last resort to seek justice. But Chinese authorities often arrest or harass petitioners, fearing that their public gatherings and protests would disturb the country’s “social stability.”