28 Arrested in China for Birth Quota Rights – Joseph Kahn

Joseph Kahn writes in the International Herald Tribune that a strict two-month-long reinforcement of population control in the Guangxi Autonomous Region has led to rioting, arrests, and alleged deaths of villagers enraged with forced abortions and heavy fines:

The police in southwestern China arrested 28 people for instigating riots over family planning controls last weekend, but officials were dispatched to affected regions to “deal with complaints” about the area’s strict measures to enforce birth control measures, state media said on Wednesday.

Seven towns in a rural part of the Guangxi autonomous region erupted in violence over heavy fines and other measures to impose tighter family planning controls in the area, the official Xinhua press agency said.[Full Text]

For more details, see also Harsh Birth Control Steps Fuel Violence in China by Joseph Kahn in the New York Times.

Also see previous post for more information.

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