China targets 10,000 in sterilization campaign

The AFP reported China's attempt to sterilize nearly 10,000 citizens who had broken China's strict rules on the number of children allowed per couple. Authorities in the southern city of Puning have detained nearly 1,300 people. The 1,300 have been held in in government buildings, being given lectures on family planning rules according to the Nanfang Countryside Daily. These 1,300 are part of a larger 9,559 worst offenders (of the family planning policy) the sterilization campaign is targeting.
According to United Press International, the 20-day campaign has threatened to take away the parents of the offenders who refuse to comply with the sterilization surgery.
Both identify Huang Ruifeng, 64, as someone whose father was taken away because of his refusal to get the surgery, though only the UPI uses a direct quote from him, citing his statement to a Chinese paper. This lends more credibility instead of indirectly quoting him/just mentioning his predicament. There is also a lot of unidentified sources in the form of government officials, likely due to the sensitivity of this issue. The UPI gives background on China's stance and policies on the limit of children families can have (1, 2 for rural farmers with a firstborn girl) and that provides more context on this rather high-profile issue.

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