Photographs of a petition, one of hundreds of thousands, by people from all over China who have come to Beijing seeking justice for crimes resulting from unchecked corruption outside the capital.
They've been coming to Beijing from all over China for over 100 years.
They are the petitioners. For over a century, victims of corruption from every corner of the country all looked to the nation's capital as their last and only hope for justice in the wayward world outside and away from Beijing.
Now, with the 2008 Olympics looming on the horizon, a single solitary collection of hutongs is the last remaining testament to this tradition borne of suffering.
Li is from Liaoning province.
Li is only one of hundreds of thousands, who have descended upon China's capital seeking justice for grievances ranging from forced abortions, tortured fathers, work accidents, to sons murdered by corrupt police involved in narcotics trafficking. And each of these instances of oppression are documented in monstrous piles of paperwork, detailing the oppressor's ID numbers, court rulings against them, and in some cases, photographs of their faces. But because of corruption, they continue to operate with impunity.
The petitioners have congregated here, in southern Beijing, a logical destination for travelers by train from the south. The area is not too far from the train station, and at the same time it affords a reasonable rental price for a petitioner's typical financial status. Finally, it is a place the petitioners have agreed on, mostly in secret, to assemble, so that they may gain strength and counsel by each other's presence.
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