A newly-arrived petitioner from southern China's Hunan province rests on a bed of a rental room that was raided by unidentified men a week ago, on the outskirts of Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The woman has been petitioning to draw central government attention to get back her compensation from local government after a forced home relocation. "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. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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A newly-arrived petitioner from southern China's Hunan province rests on a bed of a rental room that was raided by unidentified men a week ago, on the outskirts of Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The woman has been petitioning to draw central government attention to get back her compensation from local government after a forced home relocation. "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. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
A newly-arrived petitioner from southern China's Hunan province rests on a bed of a rental room that was raided by unidentified men a week ago, on the outskirts of Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The woman has been petitioning to draw central government attention to get back her compensation from local government after a forced home relocation. "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. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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