China hauls away activists in congress crackdown

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 11:00 hrs

Activists who try to bring their complaints against local officials to the central government in Beijing say they are being rounded up and detained ahead of a Communist Party leadership transition beginning later this week in the capital.

They include Wang Xiulan, who has been trying to draw attention to what she says was police mishandling of a serious assault she suffered in Harbin. She says she and several other petitioners were rounded up from a village on Beijing's outskirts. Many were sent back to their hometowns.

The crackdown reflects the leadership's nervousness over a transition taking place as slowing economic growth exacerbates public outrage over corruption, social injustice and pollution.

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