July 20, 2004

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The SCMP reports on the Shenzhen Government's latest efforts at open communication with its citizenry:

Shenzhen has set rules to restrict people from staging petitions outside government offices because authorities say they cause social disorder. The regulations, announced on July 9, stop people from holding banners, distributing pamphlets or shouting insulting slogans outside government offices. And it also limits the number of people taking part in a petition to five.

People who want to launch complaints with the government must first obtain "valid official documents", although the regulation does not specify what documents are needed.

Petitioners are asked to include their ID number and a copy of their last will and testament.

posted by Simon on 07.20.04 at 04:47 PM in the


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