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Tank Man

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by James_Newman, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. James_Newman

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    The Tianamen Square video, that everyone in the western world is familiar with, has effectively been disappeared in China. I read recently where it was shown to some Chinese college students who had no idea what the event was.

    'Tank Man' may well have been disappeared himself.

    (Was that in the video also? My connection is too slow to actually view it)
     
  3. James_Newman

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    Yes, they did show the picture to four modern day students there who were unable to discern what they were seeing. It was a chilling demonstration of the power of censorship. As for the tank man, there were differing opinions as to what may have become of him. I hope he is well.
     
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    What is hard to wrap my brain around is that this event is almost 20 years old. What happens to time?

    It may have been censored in Chinese classrooms, but I used that photo many times in my American history classes to teach quite a few things.......I never failed to have children and teenagers moved to speechlessness over that photo and story.
     
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    Outstanding documentary...thanks James.

    Long live Tank Man!
     
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    No one knows, but his legacy of bravery and boldness lives on and continues to inspire many in China fighting for freedom
     
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    For those who don't recall it, soon after the famous images made their way around the world, the Chinese officials systematically removed all journalists and spectators from anywhere near the area, and the protestors then vanished from the face of the earth. I think it's reasonable to assume that if the protestors were merely going to be arrested, they wouldn't have gone to the trouble of removing all the witnesses. Logic indicates that 'Tank Man' was either killed on the street, or died in prison soon after. They could not afford to have a symbol of rebellion like that ever finding his way into the light of day again.
     
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