China, father of three children beaten to within an inch of his life by police
Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - More than twenty officers, from the family planning bureau have brutally beaten a man Wednesday, May 15 in the vicinity of Xiny. China Aid reports that the only reason that Zhang Futao, a farmer from Jiangsu Province, was attacked was because he is the father of three children, 12, 6 and 4 years of age.
The family says the victim is currently in hospital with a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage. "We condemn this incident of violence with the consent of the state authority against a citizen, whose only crime was to have more than one child - says Reggie Littlejohn president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers - we ask that those responsible are brought to justice and that all the victim's medical expenses be paid. "
The one-child policy, promoted by Deng Xiaoping in the late seventies, has killed to date, according to an estimates, approximately 200 million people. The officials of the Office for Family Planning apply the norm with violence and in a systematic way. On March 21, 2011, a man was killed for having come to the defense of his sister: party agents were entering her house to impose a forced sterilization. "The attack on May 15 last should be a warning of the violence that Chinese women and men are forced to endure every year in the name of population control", concluded Reggie Littlejohn.