As parliament meets, China keeps would-be protesters at bay

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By Engen Tham SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Jack Zhang, one of thousands of people who lost access to their savings last year in a rural bank scandal, recently tried to go to Beijing to lodge a complaint with the national public complaints body, ahead of this week’s parliamentary session. But when he was trying to board a high-speed train from Hunan province in southern China to Beijing at the end of February, 12 people identifying themselves as police and government employees stopped him, he said. “They created a human wall,” Zhang said. He left the station and managed to board from a different statio…

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