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Internet control during national congress tightest yet

HONG KONG (SE): Complaints have emerged from Internet followers of current affairs in China, who say that National People’s Congress, which some refer to as the annual parliament, held in Beijing from March 5 to 15, was marked by stricter-than-usual controls.

Radio Free Asia quoted Guangzhou-based writer, Xu Lin, as saying that many of the more outspoken members of the popular chat network QQ had their accounts shut down at the beginning of March, with fresh accounts also deleted as soon as they were set up.

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Discarded soldiers get raw deal

BEIJING (SE): A large group of retired and disabled veterans from the People’s Liberation Army have been joining thousands of people invading Beijing in the run up to the gatherings around this year’s National People’s Congress, a traditional time to present petitions and grievances against local governments and administrators.

However, of recent years, they have increasingly been met by the police with violence and even arrested.

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