More Tiananmen Links

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
  • Chinese officials use umbrellas to prevent BBC journalist from filming at the square.
  • Moving photos from a commemorative vigil in Hong Kong.
  • Another first-hand remembrance, from the Wall Street Journal’s Claudia Rosett.
  • New photo emerges of “tank man.”
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  • 14 Responses to “More Tiananmen Links”

    1. #1 |  Andrew Williams | 

      comment from the link page by APR:

      “What a stunning photo. Even at a distance, Tank Man’s body language is clearly calm and serious among all the action and chaos.”

      Further, deponent sayeth not.

    2. #2 |  Eric | 

      I can’t believe that I was going on 12 years old when this happened – an age where I should have had some awareness about major current events – and I have only the vaguest recollection of the protests. I had no idea of the magnitude of the army’s response. Thanks for the posts today, Radley.

      (If only Danny were here to comment on this thread…)

    3. #3 |  IrishMike | 

      Wow. I always had a different picture in my head of what the scene was like beyond what was visible of the tank man incident. A narrower path for the tanks, lots more people around the periphery, maybe some skateboarders tearing things up off to the side (okay that was a joke).

      Seriously I always pictured the photographers and videographer(s) as being amongst a decent sized crowd. I guess I should have realized that not many people were hanging around waiting for a bunch of tanks to roll through after a mass murder.

    4. #4 |  claude | 

      ” maybe some skateboarders tearing things up off to the side (okay that was a joke).”

      Were they wearing shirts?

    5. #5 |  claude | 

      I feel very fortunate to have seen many of the events of that period in time. I was 21 years old in 1989. This and the fall of communist eastern europe was especially cool as i was an air force brat and pretty much everything done in the military back then was all geared towards the soviets. I know this is going to sound odd but, in some ways, i wish the soviet union was still around. At least when they were around we had something to look at and vow to never become like, but since they fell…

    6. #6 |  skootercat | 

      If you want to see some GREAT footage and commentary:

    7. #7 |  akromper | 

      THAT is a man that understands freedom isn’t free. I hope to god if the day ever comes that martial law is declared and the army comes down my street that I could be that brave.

    8. #8 |  David Chesler | 

      Claude was aware of what was going on. Those same years, the same events, are somewhat of a blur to me – I was involved in courting the woman who would become my wife and somehow missed it all. (I saw a lot of movies then, but I don’t think I saw Bush the elder on TV enough to get the impressions. I also watched TV on 9/11 and saw the towers fall, but never saw anyone jumping from the buildings.)

      Thinking about the anniversary, I’m confused. My image of Tiananmen is that iconic view of tank man. But the image suggests he stood down the tanks and they stopped. I hadn’t given much thought to the thousands who were killed, since that would be a loss, not a win.

    9. #9 |  DaveG | 

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    10. #10 |  Frank | 

      I recall not long after the NRA used that image in a full-page ad that basically said “This is why the 2nd Amendment exists, folks”.

      No major paper would sell the NRA ad space on “principle” (they supported gun grabbing fascists). Only USA Today would run the ad.

    11. #11 |  KBCraig | 

      I’m glad to see so much attention paid to the anniversary. At this time 20 years ago I was stationed in Germany, packing up my household goods preparing to get out of the Army, looking for a job, and generally not paying much attention to the news of the day (except for whatever unknown changes were brewing in East Berlin).

      There is a lot I still don’t know about Tiananmen Square, but I don’t know that a definitive story ever has, or ever can be, told.

    12. #12 |  paul | 

      The sad bit is, if you were an ordinary chinese person and not in Beijing that day, you wouldn’t really have much of an idea that anything significant had happened. What happened to tank man after the confrontation?

    13. #13 |  billy-jay | 

      My guess is that tank man is dead.

    14. #14 |  Lucy | 

      I hope he’s out there somewhere, Tank Man. If he is still in China, does he even know what a big deal he is to the rest of the world?

      I just hope he’s not dead, and that he lives to see China stop repressing and killing.

      I recommend everyone go to youtube and watch the full confrontation. It’s amazing how he refuses to move, even when the tanks turn. I heard somewhere that the Chinese government spun that (when they recognize it at all) into commending the tank diver’s restraint in not squishing the man. Which is technically true, but it still isn’t quite the point.