Tuesday, June 12, 2012
One Man, Loudly
With the hustle and bustle of the recent move, I neglected to note the anniversary of the protests and brutal crackdown at Tiananman Square in 1989 in China. The above photo is a wide-angle version of the iconic image of one man facing down a column of tanks and shows how many tanks he stopped.
We apparently do not know who this man was or what actually happened to him, although it is likely Chinese authorities killed him (and probably the tank commander who refused to run him down). But I guess we do know what defined him, for a few minutes on a June afternoon 23 years ago: Courage.
You can see some photos and a video of some of the confrontation here.