Chinese Man Detained After Murdering Family Planning Officials In Protest Of Country’s Laws

“A man who was told by officials they couldn’t register his fourth child because he didn’t pay a penalty for breaking China’s family planning laws stabbed to death two government workers and injured four others, state media and an official said,” the Associated Press reports. “The incident this week is one of a string of grievances against symbols of authority in China that have turned violent in recent months,” the news agency writes, adding, “It also illustrates how disliked China’s family planning limits are, more than 30 years after their introduction limited most urban couples to one child and rural families to two.” According to the AP, “[a] child without a hukou [or resident’s certificate] faces a multitude of problems because the certificate is needed to register for education, health care and government benefits.” China’s family planning policy, “often known as the ‘one-child policy,’ … allow[s] families in rural areas to have a second child if their first is a girl,” the news agency notes (Watt, 7/24).

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