In this photo taken Thursday Sept. 15, 2011, residents look on near chalk boards with the slogans "Insist on election according to the law, propagate the spirit of the rule of the law" at left and ... more 
In this photo taken Thursday Sept. 15, 2011, residents look on near chalk boards with the slogans "Insist on election according to the law, propagate the spirit of the rule of the law" at left and "Treasure democratic rights, cast solemnly one vote" during a campaign to raise awareness of the coming elections of county-level and township-level congress in Beijing, China. Increasing numbers of Chinese are seeking to run as independent candidates in upcoming local elections, but face daunting obstacles as the ruling Communist Party tries to tamp down any threat to its monopoly on power. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT less 
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Associated Press
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 9:06 AM EDT