For the past two months, local officials in the southwestern Chinese province of Guangxi have pursued a harsh campaign aimed at enforcing China's population planning laws.
In order to meet targets for allowable births, they forced pregnant women to have abortions. They threatened to demolish homes to make residents cough up fines demanded for excess children.
This month citizen anger boiled over. Thousands of angry rural residents took to the streets, smashing cars and sacking government offices.
The vicious nature of the Guangxi enforcement campaign is all the more striking because it directly conflicts with the orders of China's top leaders.
[click here for the full version of the May 29, 2007 International Herald Tribune editorial]
[click here for Sing Tao's May 30 Chinese translation of the IHT editorial]