Wukan has been encircled by a police cordon since Sunday, after an attempt by 1,000 armed officers failed to capture the village. No food or water is allowed in, and no villagers are allowed out.
But the villagers were unbowed on Wednesday and Wukan's temporary leadership said it had seen signs that the Chinese government would blink first.
Trouble in Wukan has been brewing since September, after the village revolted at an attempt to take one of its last parcels of farmland and give it to a major Chinese property developer, Country Garden.
However it was the death of 43-year-old Xue Jinbo, one of the village's 13 temporary representatives, in police custody that pushed Wukan into its current fury, and saw the last of the village's dozen Communist party officials flee. His family believe he was murdered.
Communism will only end when the Chinese people want it to.