If you have seen happy faces and bright photos of hope in Part I of this photo essay, in this Part II you will see hopes crushed—as the Chinese government has been trying to silence the voices of the villagers and to crush the hope for democratic election in Taishi village.
You will also see the efforts of both the villagers and other people (legal workers and reporters) to keep that hope alive. Where is Taishi going? Where is China going? Time will tell.
For background story, please see:
Taishi Village's Struggle for Democracy in China (Photo Essay, Part I) , Chinese Legal Community Provides Assistance to Missing Attorney , and Chinese Villagers' Lawful Election Meets Crackdown
On August 16, 500 riot police came to Taishi village and clashed with villagers (The Epoch Times)
Riot police confront villagers on August 16 (The Epoch Times)
Fully equipped riot police and worried villagers (The Epoch Times)
Concerned villagers outside the locked accounting office (The Epoch Times)
Hunger strike by villagers protesting against the government's violation of village governance law (The Epoch Times)
On September 12, 1,000 special task police came to Taishi and clashed with villagers. They took away the village accounting book and arrested 48 residents (The Epoch Times)
Confronted with 1,000 special task police on September 12, villagers were very worried (The Epoch Times)
A taxi hired by a Hong Kong-based reporter, Liu Xin, was vandalized on August 12; Liu was interrogated in Taishi by the police (The Epoch Times)
Guo Feixiong, the village’s legal representative, was arrested on September 12. He is on a hunger strike protesting against the arrest; his health is declining (The Epoch Times)
Ai Xiaoming, a Guangzhou-based law Professor. She was physically attacked on a visit to Taishi on September 26 (The Epoch Times)