June 6, 1989
Bodies of dead civilians lie among crushed bicycles near Beijing's
Tiananmen Square, on June 4, 1989
This is June 6, 1989. The protests have been crushed, but nervous
soldiers have taken up positions fearing renewed protests. They
never came.
Thousands of students from local colleges and universities march to
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, on May 4, 1989, to demonstrate for
government reform. (AP Photo/Mikami)
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
Tank Man

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Answer to Quiz #397 - May 19, 2013
1. Where was this photo taken?
2.  What is the date that the photo was taken?
3.  Why are the men running?
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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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Stuart Franklin, Charlie Cole, Jeff Widener,
and Arthur Tsang Hin Wah,
the four photographers who recorded
Tank Man's resistance, click
Comments from Our Readers
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.
  Mary Osmar
I used words Tiananmen square Beijing people=running to get to attachment. Photo
35 is contest photo.
  Mike Dalton
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.
Marcelle Comeau
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.
Nancy Nalle-McKenzie
Do you see the tanks rolling down the street behind them?  I'd run, too!
Margaret Paxton
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!
Jackie McCarty
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...
Jim Kiser
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.

Collier Smith
The two men running are oriental. They
are running past a bicycle parking lot.  
There is a bicycle in the background.
Tank Man
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
Charlie Cole
Arthur Tsang Hin Wah
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.

Robert E. McKenna
Donald R. McKenna
Quiz Poets Laureate


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.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD
Understudy to
Robert E. McKenna
Donald R. McKenna
Quiz Poets Laureate
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

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.[9]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

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
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.