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Tiananmen Square anniversary: How Jeff Widener photographed Tank Man

4 Jun

Amazing account of the iconic picture of “Tank Man” on Tianenmen Square, 25 years ago today.

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly Chinese government crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square. The “Tank Man” photo remains a symbol of those days, but his identity and fate remain a mystery. Paul Johnson reports.

In the 25 years since China carried out a brutal crackdown on student protesters one image remains synonymous with the words Tiananmen Square.

It’s known as the “Tank Man” photo — an image of a lone, unknown protester staring down a line of Chinese military tanks in the middle of Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue.

It’s believed tanks like those seen in the iconic image crushed many protesters, who challenged the Communist government and sought greater democracy.

There’s no official death toll from the riots and the crackdown, but it’s estimated to be in the hundreds while thousands of others were arrested for their dissent.

The identity of the Tank Man and his…

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