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Chinese Police Silence Petitioners, Candidates for Local Office

A large group of grievance petitioners were detained Monday in Beijing as Communist Party officials gathered for the sixth plenary session of the 18th Party Congress. Over the weekend, thousands of people converged on Beijing ahead of the four-day central committee plenum, which marks the start of a political transition process that culminates in next year’s 19th Party Congress, where President Xi Jinping will seek re-election and try to appoint five of his own people to the powerful...

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