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November 6, 2012

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A petitioner rests on a bed she rents in a room she shares with two other petitioners, after the rental room were raided by unidentified men and dwelling petitioners were taken away a week ago, on the outskirts of Beijing. 'There is no law in China, especially for us petitioners and ordinary folk,' another petitioner said in an interview with The Associated Press, complaining about the impunity with which authorities detain 'petitioners' - people who bring local complaints directly to the central government in an age-old Chinese tradition that has continued during the Communist Party era.

PHOTO: Alexander F. Yuan/AP

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