To the People

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Chinese +1, Chinese Government -3

China has stepped up efforts to enforce its abominable one-child policy via on-the-spot forced abortions and a new tax scheme known as the "social child-raising fee". The enforcement efforts ultimately had the desired effect -- limiting the country's population -- when opponents of the policy apparently rioted and killed several officials seeking to enforce it.
Villagers and visitors to several counties of Guangxi autonomous region in southwestern China said rioters smashed and burned government offices, overturned official vehicles, and clashed with the riot police in a series of confrontations over the past four days.

They gave varying accounts of injuries and deaths, with some asserting that as many as five people were killed, including three officials responsible for population-control work.
This delicious irony is exactly the sort of population control the Chinese government's actions call for. More here from the NYT.