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    » 05/24/2007, 00.00


    In Guangxi anyone opposing forced abortions to be punished

    Official sources admit protests only yesterday, but claim they were caused by the occasional high fine and reject claims about coercive measures against women and families. The 28 people arrested for allegedly instigating the protest action will be punished. Many residents however insist that forced abortions did take place, that police did ransack private homes and that five people died during the incidents.

    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Police arrested 28 people out of the thousands who took to the streets and stormed public buildings in seven towns in Bobai County (Guangxi) to protest against birth control measures. Official sources denied reports that the authorities abused protesters and did not say if and how local complaints will be addressed.

    The Xinhua news agency reported that the 28 people accused were arrested for “networking, persuading and being involved in damaging properties,” saying that they would be punished for the “obvious” violation of the law.

    In its report Xinhua noted that a week ago 300 residents surrounded the township government building in Dungu, after which riots erupted in six other towns over the following two days with thousands of people surrounding government buildings and storming their offices.

    The report also indicated that some 4,200 officials were involved in quelling the disturbances and reducing the tension in 28 towns.

    For County Chief Huang Shaoming, birth control officials might have “stirred discontent” with their “problematic” ways of implementing birth-control measures, but as far he was concerned the unrest was due to “backward ideas about birth control and the rule of law.”

    Other officials also agree that excessive fines might have triggered the protests, but denied allegations regarding forced abortions and violence.

    Still, many eyewitnesses said that in Shabi village and in other towns police ransacked homes in order to force people to pay the fines. They were also adamant that forced abortions did take place.

    Reached by phone, many of them said that tens of thousands of people took part in the protest action and that as many as five people were killed, including officials involved in family planning work.

    In March local government leaders in Bobai demanded family planning officials strictly enforce the one-child policy on penalty of jeopardising their careers.

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    29/11/2005 PHILIPPINES
    Filipino Catholics: "Two-child norm is absurd obstacle for better society"

    A Catholic MP told AsiaNews about the limitations, contradictions and risks inherent in laws controlling family planning: "Look at the West or Japan. They are rich nations but without youth.

    15/09/2004 PHILIPPINES
    No to contraceptives for birth control, says Archbishop Cruz

    22/02/2005 PHILIPPINES
    Fines and prison terms for not practicing contraception
    A committee of the Filipino Congress approved a bill on population control that would fine and sentence violators to prison terms. For Archbishop Capalla, it is a myth to think that having fewer children will bring wealth.

    24/04/2006 CHINA
    Beijing "will not change family planning policy"

    Zhang Weiqing, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, defended the "one-child policy", saying: "The problem is not the law; this has led to the prevention of 400 million births".

    30/03/2007 CHINA
    Party officials’ careers in jeopardy if they have more than one child
    Communist Party officials in Henan have called for orthodox observance of government family planning policies. They warn that party officials who violate the ‘one-child’ policy will not be promoted. However, 30 years of forced population controls have had serious repercussions on Chinese society.

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