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Surge in Petitions and Arrests Greets 16th Party Congress

November 8, 2002

China's 16th Party Congress has drawn a number of petitions and open letters from Chinese dissidents calling for political reform and greater openness.

At the same time, Chinese authorities have begun arresting some vocal dissidents in order to maintain a “peaceful and stable” atmosphere for the Congress.

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