Tienanmen Square Tank Man

1989, twenty-five years ago, was another time and place but driven by people who had freedom beating in their hearts. This post is a continuation  of the “Democracy Movements”  started yesterday with “Ditches” in the Ukraine.  History does, indeed,  often repeat itself.

The foreshadowing of Tienanmen Square was ten years of a touch  of freedom in China which never had  happened  before. There was a taste of free speech and more freedom in economics. When a democratic leader died, there was unprecedented mourning which lead to gatherings of students and others in the  the seven week  occupation in the square.   There was no outward reaction from the Chinese government which gave the demonstrators hope and courage. The crowds rose to  one million.

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The  occupiers were demonstrating  for  some familiar freedoms;

-Government accountability

-Freedom of speech

-Restoration of workers’ control over industry

-Freedom of the  press

The Chinese government finally had enough of these demonstrations and they began their show of force. . . . sending the tanks into  the square.  You can just see the Tank Man. Tank_Man_Long_Shot_by_Stuart_Franklin                                       Four to six thousand civilians died in Tienanmen   Square. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The West weakly protested the extreme show of force with economic sanctions and an arms embargo against the Chinese Government who quickly regained control.

Ah, but who was  the Tienanmen Square Tank Man?  No one knows for sure. . . . . . THE-TANK-MAN-STOPPING-THE-COLUMN-OF-T59-TANKS-TIANANMEN-SQUARE-BEIJING-CHINA-4-JUNE-1989-1-C31709

Is it possible he was just a man from Beijing walking home with his shopping bag, who walked alone across a  six lane street and  decided to take a stand and forever become a democratic hero?  Speculation continues today as to whether he  escaped to Taiwan, or he  was  caught and executed, or maybe he just disappeared back into his normal life in Beijing.

Tienanmen Square Tank Man standing for “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!”

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Tienanmen Square 

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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15 Responses to Tienanmen Square Tank Man

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    TY for this wonderful post! I remember that picture …. I remember that man! TY for reminding me!

  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    A trip was in time. TY for sharing!

  3. Incredible. Kind of sad.

  4. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Very sad story to remember dear

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  5. Once again you are educating me, thank you xx

  6. YellowCable says:

    Can’t underestimate of significance of one man!

  7. kyangel17 says:

    I remember that day, that photo, the story in the news. Such a brave beginning and a heartbreaking end of a dream. Hopefully some day the dream will come true for them. By then we will be fighting for our own rights again, the ones we have lost due to our apathy on election day.

  8. Don Ostertag says:

    Such a sad, sad day! And one man’s bravery!

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