A few miles from China's National People's Congress in Beijing, citizens who have travelled from across the country to tell the government about their problems face tight controls on this age-old right.
People queue outside the petitions office in Beijing on March 8, 2013. Just a short distance from China's National People's Congress in Beijing, petitioners from across the country face ever tighter controls to prevent them from telling the government about their problems.
China's centuries-old petition system, developed under imperial rule, is meant to offer people with grievances against local officials the chance of redress from the central government.
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