Friday, June 5, 2015

Tank Man: 26 years later

The power of one person to make a difference
Fuller picture of column of tanks one person stopped on June 5, 1989

Tiananman, China June 5, 1989 The killing had started on the night of June 3rd and intensified in the early morning hours of June 4, 1989 with tanks running over demonstrators. It was bikes versus tanks and the tanks always won.

Until June 5, 1989 when Tank Man appeared and with his moral courage and outrage stood down a column of tanks. 26 years later, we still don't know his name or what happened to him. But we remember how he gave us hope with the power of one person to say: Enough! Stop!

The 2004 Frontline Documentary TheTankMan explores the significance of this act, and attempts to discover what happened. Below the documentary available online:

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