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Elderly Chinese people committing suicide...

•, By Damien Gayle

In order to drive the message home council officials have been visiting funeral parlours and smashing up coffins.

The draconian move has only hastened the rate of suicide as elderly people rush to guarantee one of the few remaining.

The elderly suicides want to make sure their deaths are registered before a June 1 deadline, after which Anhui province authorities will close all cemeteries.

Anyone who dies after that date will have to be cremated because, authorities say, cemeteries are taking up too much space.


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Comment by Jesse Porter
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Will people ever cease to amaze each other? I asked my family to cremate me and flush the ashes down the toilet. They almost won't follow my wishes. I cannot imagine deliberately turning myself into a corpse just to make sure it rots instead of burning! But, then, I haven't spent decades trying to survive my government's urgent quest to exterminate me.

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