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10 Chinese jailed for detaining petitioners: media

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Ten people who detained citizens trying to lodge complaints against Chinese authorities have been sent to prison, state media said Tuesday, in a rare gesture towards upholding petitioners' rights. 

View of worn prison bars. Ten people who detained citizens trying to lodge complaints against authorities in China have been sentenced to prison, in a rare official gesture to uphold petitioners' rights.

Under China's ancient petitioning system, individuals can ask Beijing to investigate disputes such as land grabs and unpaid wages, but local governments regularly hire "interceptors" to physically prevent complaints being filed.

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