Forced abortion victim branded ‘traitor’ for talking to foreign media
A Chinese author named Cao Junshu posted onto Sina Weibo, China’s immensely popular microblogging service, several pictures in which the local authorities led villagers to unfurl banners insulting the family of a woman who was forced to undergo an abortion seven months into her pregnancy. Until press time, the post has been reposted over 48,000 times and received more than 20,000 comments.
Couple Deng Jiyuan and Feng Jianmei, who have just lost their 7-month fetus to forced abortion, are harassed by bullies hired by the local government after talking to the foreign media.
According to the post, after Deng Jiyuan, victim Feng Jianmei’s husband and father of the aborted fetus, was interviewed by German reporters, the local government was riled up about him exposing the skeleton in the cupboard, and sent people to stage a protest outside Deng’s home with huge red banners reading ‘Strike Down Traitors with Heavy Hands; Kick Them Out Of Zengjia Township.’ Deng was forced to flee his hometown.
The author wrote, “Despite that this (forced abortion) incident has hit the domestic as well as the international community with such a great impact, the local government still has the gall to go against the winds of the public opinion and persecute the victims. Just how unscrupulous those officials can be! A lawless and ungoverned country!”
Another microblogger who goes by the name @假装在纽约 also disclosed on Weibo that at Baidu’s discussion forum, the local government has mobilized a water army (paid posters) to deluge the front page with insults and defamation directed at Deng’s family. The microblogger cited the following web comments as examples, “His sister Jicai, who made her name by selling her country, will soon find her way into the Japanese AV (pornography) market as a dark horse. The Deng family gave their interview to Japanese media and made this thing known to Japanese, with whom we have a bitter vendetta, which makes them no different from traitors. Feng Jianmei must be the most pampered pregnant woman in the town’s history.”
Deng Jicai (邓吉彩), sister of Deng Jiyuan, responded to the vilification in Weibo, “I feel like crying but have no tears. Where is justice? Zengjia Township, where I was born and brought up, how can I still love you?I just don’t understand in what way I have committed treason! I don’t know what you mean by calling me a ‘traitor.’ My lord, in what way I have sold the People’s Republic of China? I didn’t beg you for pity for my miserable sister-in-law. I didn’t ask you for even the slightest bit of sympathy. Just get lost! Let us go home!!!”
Feng Jianmei, then 7-month pregnant, was beaten by officials and forced to abort the baby at seven months on June 2 because her family did not pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,300) fine for the a second child as a violation of the country’s one-child policy. The graphic photos of the mother and her dead baby in hospital bed were circulated online and sparked a public uproar over the monstrosity and the draconian policy. (Read: Gruesome photos of forced late-term abortion appall China, challenge One Child Policy)
Pictures of Feng Jianmei and the body of her 7-month unborn baby son sparked public fury
Selected comments on Sina Weibo:
袁莉wsj: Not long ago, they redefined cruelty. Today, they redefined absurdity. Can anyone tell me how dark can darkness possibly be?
噹噹不洛根：I remember when I went to school, a lecture subject was: The highest mountain has a peak, whereas the deepest valley has a bottom. The cycles of the history have also proved this. I like a comment made by one net user: As long as we can keep fighting, we will surely see the day coming, and that day will be our new hope! This truly sounds like the kind of mentality documented in our textbook of fighting a bloody battle dauntlessly for liberating China. 20 years, at most! Let us see those soulless dictators who are as good as dead perish!
春天的小鸟2780979075：The country has discarded its slogan of “putting people first” adopted when it was founded.This must be what they call ‘Revolt of the people driven by oppressive government.’
–曲終人散—：The Chinese government is goddamn dark. If this goes on like this any further, the Communist rule will soon be… Down with the Communist Party!
Lee_YuanQ：Everyone should keep in mind that in Chinese history, not a single dynasty managed to last forever! As long as we can tough it out, we will see the new hope!
y_謠ao：A bunch of ignorant villagers and a corrupted, incompetent government.
bella0404：This is truly an international joke. Can you just make a self-criticism and enforce self-discipline? The government is corrupted, incompetent and shameless! The officials are stupid, unscrupulous and black-hearted! The sadness of this country! Do you guys even know they are living people?
帕米尔原野：Government officials can take advantage of their clout and turn black into white. Those with money and power can have a second child, whereas those without money and power must risk their lives. What kind of logic is this? Treason? What a goddamn joke…
tbff8：From the very beginning, the ordinary people at the bottom rung of China’s social hierarchy have meekly accepted humiliations and submitted to oppression. They have the most remarkable tolerance and therefore, their outburst, once galvanized, will be the most remarkable and thorough. The 50 cents (pro-communist people; the name stems from web commentators/spin doctors paid by the government 50 Chinese cents for each post that portrays the Chinese government in a good light) and the pro-West people have been in heated debates for so long, but in fact you both know that this force is not to be controlled by anyone. The history is always repeating itself.
Selected comments from NetEase
思想一直被强奸 [网易四川省成都市网友]：2012-06-25 16:14:01 发表
F**k. Damn. They gave birth to a second child but could not afford the fine, so they were forced to abort their baby. What does it have to do with selling the county? Are these people out of their minds????
I actually want to sell my country for some money. As long as it is enough for me to emigrate. Who wants to buy it?
狂人杰少 [网易广东省深圳市网友]：2012-06-26 03:54:04 发表
You are far from the only person that wants to sell the country. Anyone who read this post wants to sell it.
xysdhr1987 [网易北京市网友]：2012-06-25 16:13:53 发表
Based on their theory, those murderers who forced abortion upon them are patriots? I really didn’t want to hurl insults… F**k you, those ‘patriots’!
js1981 [网易上海市手机网友]：2012-06-26 03:57:39 发表
I really wonder in the future whether one will be checked for permit if one wishes to go to the restroom.
网易河南省平顶山市网友 [租房70年租墓20年] 的原贴：1From tomorrow on, I will be a humble man;Making money, surviving, and trying my best to emigrate.From tomorrow on, I will not care about my country and my people.I will have a hardened heart, facing evilness, with opium poppy blossoms.From tomorrow on, I will talk to each of my acquaintances,Telling them about this evil country.What those despicable news has told me,I will spread it to each of them.I will give an evil name for every river and every mountain.Strangers, I will also remind you.May you never come to this evil country.May your loved ones never meet government officials of this country.May your child never walk on the roads of this country.I only wish that one day I could be abroad, facing the sea, with spring flowers blossoming.
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.