Rural Chinese Riot Over One – Child Policy – AP

Just over a week after residents of Bobai County, Province rioted over coercive abuse of the family planning policies, violent protests broke out in neighboring counties when the government announced that reported plans to reduce fines for having a second child were false. From AP:

…In the town of Yangmei, several thousand people ransacked the main government office, a local official said. Xinhua said official vehicles were set on fire. About 100 police were called in, and some protesters were injured or detained, said the official, who refused to give his name.

In Lingshan, residents smashed government office building windows, and police later arrested some protesters, said a town official, who only gave her surname, Li.

A generation after being imposed, China’s population control policies continue to engender anger and resentment, especially among the largely rural country’s farmers. Under the regulations, most urban couples are limited to one child, while in many rural areas, couples are allowed two, especially if the first child is a girl. [Full Text]

Also read the related New York Times article about the riots in Bobai, Guangxi and a post from ESWN, “More Population Control Riots in Guangxi“.

May 30, 2007 6:17 AM
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