Chinese petitioner Wang Xiulan pauses while she speaks during an interview in Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Wang has been trying for two decades to draw central government attention to what she says is local police mishandling of an assault she suffered in her native Harbin city. Wang narrowly avoided being forced back home by assuming a fake identity and is now in hiding, but her ordeal paints a picture of the police dragnet aimed at preventing anyone perceived as a threat or a troublemaker from being in Beijing when an all-important leadership transition begins Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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Chinese petitioner Wang Xiulan pauses while she speaks during an interview in Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Wang has been trying for two decades to draw central government attention to what she says is local police mishandling of an assault she suffered in her native Harbin city. Wang narrowly avoided being forced back home by assuming a fake identity and is now in hiding, but her ordeal paints a picture of the police dragnet aimed at preventing anyone perceived as a threat or a troublemaker from being in Beijing when an all-important leadership transition begins Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
Chinese petitioner Wang Xiulan pauses while she speaks during an interview in Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Wang has been trying for two decades to draw central government attention to what she says is local police mishandling of an assault she suffered in her native Harbin city. Wang narrowly avoided being forced back home by assuming a fake identity and is now in hiding, but her ordeal paints a picture of the police dragnet aimed at preventing anyone perceived as a threat or a troublemaker from being in Beijing when an all-important leadership transition begins Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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