Former Tiananmen student leader Chai Ling (柴玲) wears a ginormous cross at the Al-Jazeera studio discussing the recent forced abortion case in Shaanxi that has outraged China. She declares — rather sneakily towards the end of her interview — “We invoke the name of Jesus. We pray in His name, for Him to end China’s one child policy.”
Chai Ling converted to Christianity two years ago and went on to found All Girls Allowed, a US-based Christian NGO that describes itself as seeking to “expose the injustice of China’s One-Child Policy” and to “restore the God-given life, value and dignity to women.”
Earlier this month, the author of A Heart for Freedom said she found in her the strength to forgive Deng Xiaoping, Li Peng and others responsible for the Tiananmen tragedy in 1989 because of her newfound faith.
Her remarks earned the chagrin of her then-compatriots, including Wang Dan, who distanced himself from her statement and urged her to “make a clear distinction between her personal faith and the judgement of what’s right and wrong.”
Three top family-planning officials in Zengjia county have been sacked after the provincial government launched investigations in the wake of the forced abortion case.
Deputy Mayor Du Shouping also visited the woman Feng Jianmei in hospital, with 5,000RMB in hand as compensation, asking for their forgiveness.
But Feng’s husband Deng Jiyuan said he was “not satisfied with the result.”
“I want the real killer responsible to be punished,” he was quoted as saying in a report by USA Today.