June 2, 1989 Some of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathering around a 10-meter replica of the Statue of Liberty, called the Goddess of Democracy, in Tiananmen Square demanding democracy despite martial law in Beijing. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of protesters were killed by China's military on June 3 and 4, 1989, as communist leaders ordered an end to six weeks of unprecedented democracy protests in the heart of the Chinese capital. incredibleimages4u.blogspot.com/2010/03/june-4...
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1. Tianamen Square, Beijing, China
2. June 5, 1989
3. They are running from the Chinese military crackdown. Note "Tank Man" firmly planted in front of the tanks, left of the trees.
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I was thinking maybe this was Viet Nam, until I saw the fourth man in the picture. Everyone my age knows the iconic picture of the man standing in front of the Chinese tanks in the square. This picture shows the man, long before the tanks reach him. I believe this picture shows even more resolve on his part than the original. He has already set himself stoically in the path of the tanks. I absolutely love this picture. I'm sending it on to my sister, who was in Bejing last month. Great pic. Great puzzle. REMOTE_HOST: 22.214.171.124
***** I used words Tiananmen square Beijing people=running to get to attachment. Photo 35 is contest photo.
***** I did a search on Google using keywords "tanks" and "china" and the Wikipedia article on Tank Man popped. I guessed China at first because all the bicycles reminded me of Beijing.
We were actually there in 1999, shortly after the tenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest.
Our Chinese guide, had been there that day, she was a student at the time, and talked about it. I remember everyone being a bit nervous that something might happen during the anniversary year.
That year, 1999, was also the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic and Beijing was awash in decorations - lots of yellow & red flowers and chinese lanterns everywhere.
***** To find the image I Googled men running from tanks in quotes. If you look to the left of the orange front end loader, you will see a man standing rigidly with a bag in each hand. This man is known as "Tank Man" who stood his ground and forced the approaching tanks to stop. This picture is also one of the few taken from ground level, most were taken from balconies.
***** Do you see the tanks rolling down the street behind them? I'd run, too!
I remember this happening and forgot all about it. But I didnt know this man was in so much trouble til now. What ashame in sticking up for something you believe. I am so glad I live in the United States of America!
I saw the photo and immediately thought of this day in 1989. I did not use tineye but the two men were asian and the tanks were in the street; ergo...
I saw the tanks coming into a large open urban area, and immediately thought of Tiananmen Square. The runners also looked Oriental. So I looked up the date, then Google-Images for "tiananmen square 4 june 1989 protesters running from tanks" and your image is on the 12th row down.
The two men running are oriental. They are running past a bicycle parking lot. There is a bicycle in the background.
Tanks in Street
Tank Man, or the Unknown Protester, is the nickname of an anonymous man who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after the Chinese military forcibly removed protesters from in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. The man achieved widespread international recognition due to the videotape and photographs taken of the incident. Despite his anonymity, he is commonly (though not necessarily correctly) referred to in Chinese as Wang Weilin , as dubbed by a Sunday Express article.
The incident took place near Tiananmen 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 Tiananmen 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 repeatedly 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, the man, who was still standing within a meter or two from the side of the lead tank, leapt in front of the vehicle once again and quickly reestablished the man–tank standoff.
Stuart Franklin Magnum Photos
Jeff Widener Associated Press
Arthur Tsang Hin Wah Reuters
Video footage shows that two 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 (there for Newsweek) believes it was the PSB (Public Security Bureau) that pulled him away, while Jan Wong (there for The Globe and Mail) believes that the men who pulled him away were only concerned local civilians. In April 1998, Time included the "Unknown Rebel" in a feature titled Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.
Identity and fate
Little is publicly known of the man's identity or that of the commander of the lead tank. Shortly after the incident, the British tabloid the Sunday Express named him as Wang Weilin , a 19-year-old student who was later charged with "political hooliganism" and "attempting to subvert members of the People's Liberation Army". However, this claim has been rejected by internal Communist Party of China documents, which reported that they could not find the man, according to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights. One party member was quoted as saying, "We can’t find him. We got his name from journalists. We have checked through computers but can’t find him among the dead or among those in prison." Numerous theories have sprung up as to the man's identity and current whereabouts.
There are several conflicting stories about what happened to him after the
The Tank-Man of Tiananmen Square, Lives again in our memory, Several new pictures of the event, Showing New Pictures of the occasion, Have been publicly displayed. The details of his personal fate, And omission of his name, seem to be, Withheld as a well guarded mystery. But the valor of his personal sacrifice, Are remembered with respect and admiration, by millions around the world.
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Neither stranger awoke that morning foreseeing the history they would make, But only together.
One with military intent, One on his way to work, to school, to shop.
One could have crushed. One could have been crushed.
The driver, The driven. Both anonymous.
Defining the moment So frozen eternal
Thanks to the eye of the lens.
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demonstration. In a speech to the President's Club in 1999, Bruce Herschensohn, former deputy special assistant to President Richard Nixon, reported that he was executed 14 days later; other sources say he was executed by firing squad a few months after the Tiananmen Square protests. In Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, Jan Wong writes that she believes from her interactions with the government press that they have "no idea who he was either," and that he's still alive, hiding in mainland China.
The government of the People's Republic of China has made few statements about the incident or the people involved. In a 1990 interview with Barbara Walters, then-CPC General Secretary Jiang Zemin was asked what became of the man. Jiang first stated (through an interpreter), "I can't confirm whether this young man you mentioned was arrested or not," and then replied in English, "I think...never killed" [sic]. At the time, the party's propaganda apparatus referred to the incident as showing the "humanity" of the country's military.
International notability and censorship
Internationally, the image of the lone man in front of the tank has come to symbolize the events at Tiananmen Square in 1989, and is widely considered one of the most iconic images of the 20th century.
However, a PBS interview of six experts noted that the memory of the event appears to have faded within China itself, especially among younger Chinese people, due to lack of public discussion. Images of the protest on the internet have been censored in China.Closed access When undergraduate students at Beijing University, which was at the center of the incident, were shown copies of the iconic photograph some years afterwards, they "were genuinely mystified." One of the students thought that the image was "artwork." However, it is also noted in the documentary Frontline: The Tank Man, that he whispered to the student next to him "89"—which led the interviewer to surmise that the student may have concealed his knowledge of the event.
One theory as to why the "Unknown Rebel" (if still alive) has never come forward is that he himself is unaware of his international recognition.
Four photographers managed to capture the event on film and get their pictures published in its aftermath. On June 4, 2009, another photographer released an image of the scene taken from ground level.
The most used photograph of the event was taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press, from a sixth floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel, about half a mile (800 meters) away from the scene. Widener was injured and suffering from flu. The image was taken using a Nikon FE2 camera through a Nikkor 400mm 5.6 ED IF lens and TC-301 teleconverter. Low on film, a friend hastily obtained a roll of Fuji 100 ASA color negative film, allowing him to make the shot. Though he was concerned that his shots were not good,
A student from an art institute plasters the neck of a "Goddess of Democracy", a 10-meter-tall statue erected in Tiananmen Square on May 30, 1989. The statue was unveiled in front of the Great Hall of the People (right) and the monument to the People's Heroes (center) to promote the pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. From a statement released by the art students who created the statue: "Today, here in the People's Square, the people's Goddess stands tall and announces to the whole world: A consciousness of democracy has awakened among the Chinese people! The new era has begun!" (Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images)www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/06/tiananmen-s...
his image was syndicated to a large number of newspapers around the world, and was said to have appeared on the front page of all European papers.
Another version was taken by Stuart Franklin of Magnum Photos from the fifth floor of the Beijing Hotel. His has a wider field of view than Widener's, showing more tanks farther away. He was on the same balcony as Charlie Cole, and his roll of film was smuggled out of the country by a French student, concealed in a box of tea.
Charlie Cole, working for Newsweek and on the same balcony as Stuart Franklin, hid his roll of film containing Tank Man in a Beijing Hotel toilet, sacrificing an unused roll of film and undeveloped images of wounded protesters after the PSB raided his room, destroyed the two rolls of film just mentioned and forced him to sign a confession. Cole was able to retrieve the roll and have it sent to Newsweek. He won a World Press Award for a similar photo. It was featured in Life's "100 Photographs That Changed the World" in 2003.
Arthur Tsang Hin Wah of Reuters took several shots from the room 1111 of the Beijing Hotel, but the one shot of Tank Man climbing the tank was chosen from his batch of photos. It is not until several hours later the standing in front of tank photo was finally chosen, as the staff noticed Jeff Widener's work, they re-checked Arthur's negative to see if Arthur took the same moment.
Recently (March 20, 2013) Arthur was interviewed by Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA), Arthur told the story and even added more information. He told to HKPPA that at the night of June 3, 1989, he was beat by the students when was taking photos. He was bleeding, a "foreign" photographer accompanied with him, suddenly said "I am not gonna die for your country" and left. So Arthur backed to the hotel, when Arthur decided to go out again, the public security stopped him, so he stayed in his room, stood next to the window and eventually witnessed the tank man and took several shots on June 4 1989. Graduated from Kwun Tong Vocational Training Centre (KTVTC) in 1969, Arthur once worked for United Press International from 1975 to 1985 and witnessed the transmition of Hubert van Es iconic photo, the Evacuation of CIA station personnel. Since 1983 he stayed at Bangkok and finally had chances to take pictures around Asia, instead of just staying at office. In 1985 he joined Reuters. He photographed Michael Jackson, Benazir Bhutto, Junius Richard Jayewardene, Rajiv Ghandi and Khieu Samphan. He is now working for Apple Daily, and he said to HKPPA during an interview that "I am not well-educated, I don't even take public exam, press photographer is a nice job, it provides me a chance to experience everything, good or bad, sadness, happiness, luxury, ugliness. and horrible bad smell. I don't know how to do job other than press photographer."
On June 4, 2009, in connection with the 20th anniversary of the protests, Associated Press reporter Terril Jones revealed a photo he took showing the Tank Man from ground level, a different angle than all of the other known photos of the Tank Man. Jones has written that he was not aware of what he had captured until a month later when printing his photos. (This was our quiz photo this week).
Variations of the scene were also recorded by BBC film crews and transmitted across the world. One witness recounts seeing Chinese tanks early on June 4 crushing vehicles and people, just one day before this man took his stand in front of this tank column.