Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and many — including one of China’s most famous dissidents, the artist Ai Weiwei — are commemorating the occasion with personal protests.
CHINA, HONG KONG : People hold candles to commemorate China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square events during a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, 2014. Up to 200,000 people were set to take part in a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown, as China seeks to wipe the incident from memory. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
During the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989, one Chinese citizen stood in front of a line of oncoming tanks, in an attempt to prevent them from entering the Square. Although he was ultimately unsuccessful, his image was broadcast around the world in video and still footage, and he came to be known as “Tank Man,” or the Unknown Rebel, in a reference to his incredible act of bravery. Tank Man has become an iconic symbol of the Chinese democracy movement, and his image is familiar to many people around the world.
CHINA, BEIJING : Hostesses jump at Tiananmen square during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015.
Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will
gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP
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A China themed drawing with a Chinese dragon :D I had to do an illustration based on where I’d like to be, I have been in China when I was 13 and I’m in love with that country since then. their history is very ancient and extremely different from the European one. Going there was like exploring an other planet and I can’t wait to visit China again :) The monuments on top of the dragon are: Forbidden city in Tienanmen square in Beijing, Sky temple in Beijing, Giant wild goose Pagoda in Xi'an and obviously the Great wall of China that extends for a big part of the northern China boundary.
By A.SignL from the Captain Borderline crew. In memory of the protests at “Tienanmen Square” in China 1989. In Cologne, Germany. In collaboration with Amnesty International and colorrevoluion,to create awareness about humans rights violations in China.
1989 - The Unknown Rebel risks his life to stop the progress of the tank column heading to Tienanmen Square. No one knows who was the man but some think he was executed by the authorities after this incident. The man is in Time’s Top 100 of the most influential people of the 20th century.
The incident took place near Tienanmen on Chang'an Avenue, which runs east-west along the south end of the Forbidden City in Beijing on June 5 1989, one day after the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on the Tienanmen protests. The man placed himself alone in the middle of the street as the tanks approached, directly in the path of the armored vehicles. He held two shopping bags, one in each hand. As the tanks came to a stop, the man gestured towards the tanks with his bags. In response, the lead tank attempted to drive around the man, but the man repeatedly stepped into the path of the tank in a show of nonviolent action. After repeatdly attempting to go around rather than crush the man, the lead tank stopped its engines, and the armored vehicles behind it seemed to follow suit. There was a short pause with the man and the tanks having reached a quiet, still impasse.
Having successfully brought the column to a halt, the man climbed onto the hull of the buttoned-up lead tank and, after briefly stopping at the driver’s hatch, appeared in video footage of the incident to call into various ports in the tank’s turret. He then climbed atop the turret and seemed to have a short conversation with a crew member at the gunner’s hatch. After ending the conversation, the man descended from the tank. The tank commander briefly emerged from his hatch, and the tanks restarted their engines, ready to continue on. At that point, tje man who was still standing within a meter or two from the sode of the lead tank leapt in front of the vehicle once again and quickly reestablished the man tank standoff. Video footage shows that figures in blue attire then pulled the man away and disappeared with him into a nearby crowd; the tanks continued on their way. Eyewitnesses disagree with each other about the identity of the people who pulled him aside. Charlie Cole believes it was the PSB (Public Security Bureau) that pulled him away while Jan Wong believed that the men who pulled him away were only concerned civilians.