Taiwan ‘Tank Man’ marks Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

BBC News
May 22, 2019

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe balloons are in Taipei, near the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, one of Taiwan’s most famous landmarks

A Taiwanese artist has created a giant inflatable depiction of the iconic “tank man” scene to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

The photo of a man standing in front of a tank in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square became one of the most famous photos of the 20th Century.

The balloons are on show by the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Reporting of the crackdown is heavily censored in China.

The photo of a man in a white shirt – who has never been officially identified – standing in front of a convoy of tanks has become a symbol of peaceful resistance across the world.

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