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I’ve never seen this perspective, this is amazing and further highlights his bravery for me. Great share!!
Can you fucking imagine how fed up with life you have to be to do this?
What always gets me with Tank Man is the grocery bags. Was he actually part of the protests that were being crushed or was he just a guy on his way home from the store that was just like “Nah, this just won’t do.”
Do we know what happened to him? Did he live?
Is it me, or is there a real lack of Tiananmen Square posts today compared to the past week? Thanks for posting, OP!
Wow I’ve never seen the Tank Man from this direction before.
Absolutely love the tiananmen square photos. Real bravery in action.
I don‘t see anything except happy Chinese business men providing precious labor for their nation. Can anyone explain what‘s so significant about this?
I don’t see the Tank Man in this picture…?
Edit: didn’t realize he was so far away. Reminds me of the Austin Powers steamroller scene…
Unfortunately, younger Chinese generation knows nothing about this whole thing according to my college professor who used to teach in China.
What is that machine scraping off the road?
Be sure to check out /r/sino for some fun reads on how this never happened and America is just trying to paint China as evil.
Screw this, I just came over to buy some fireworks!
Has it really been 30 years? In my mind, he’s still standing there, waiting for the world to make sense. Long live tankman and long may he stand.
More background: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tiananmen-square-massacre-death-toll-secret-cable-british-ambassador-1989-alan-donald-a8126461.html
I cannot wait for the day when this man will be regarded as the hero he is, in China.
Is the guy on the left smiling? ?
Guy in the foreground looks like he just heard gun shots and is ducking to avoid them
Nope this is just a normal afternoon, nothing is happening:)
Was he run over?
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Wasn’t the tank man incident on June 5th? Or am I mistaken?
There was a great article in NYT from one of the founders of the protest this weekend.
Tank man was actually on June 5, the day after the massacre. That’s why he wasn’t just run over and meatpied like the rest, it was a tank regiment that had disobeyed orders and hadn’t been there the day prior. By that point the Chinese government was already pretending the massacre hadn’t happened.
I want the team of writers and directors that just did Chernobyl to make a miniseries about Tiananmen Square. I believe they could tell this story well.
Is his identity still a mystery? I swear I read something that revealed who he is and that he lost both legs. False memory, I guess?
DID THIS MAN NOT. GET RUN OVER BY THE TANK AND DIE? Am I tripping balls? Did this not go down like that?? I swear I’ve seen pictures.
Such an iconic photo, but from a different angle. Shots like these are amazing.
It’s always so impressive to me this one guy’s courage. At least he’s not forgotten, at least in the rest of the world. I look forward to the day when he is celebrated as the hero he is in china. Also, at least he got a cool nickname