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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Tank Man
















Who can remember how after the brutal Chinese Crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989 there was one man who stood up to the combined might of the Chinese Army the next morning when everybody else had gone home to lick their wounds.

Being in the military myself I can assure you a tank is an extremely scary proposition and not only did he stand infront of a platoon of tanks, but it was a platoon of tanks that had the anger of the Chinese Government behind them and had shown they had no problem shooting at unarmed civilians.

After this photo was taken he was lead away by plain-clothes security officials and nobody knows if he is still alive or not. One thing is certain, his display of raw courage will always be remembered.

2 comments:

Aaron Stewart said...

You may be interested in this then. :)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tankman/

Anonymous said...

I have read that the tank commander was actually disciplined for not ordering his men to run over the protester.