Thursday, June 4, 2009

Twenty years ago today

An indelible image of courage, one lone protester facing down a tank in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, June 1989. He would become known simply as 'Tank Man' or 'The Unknown Rebel'. The massive student protests were brutally put down on June 4th when the Chinese army attacked with tanks and trucks, firing indescriminately at the unarmed protesters, killing and injuring thousands. The Unknown Rebel confronted the tank column next day as the army withdrew. Neither his identity nor his fate have ever been established, reported by some to have been executed, and by others to be still alive. This music comes from the CD 'Image Conscious', music loosely hung on enduring news images. Music and video by Plug. [here]

"Tell the world..."

And I must ask: WHAT have we learned?

(And there is this)

1 comment:

Mike Licht said...

Tank Man lives. Updates of this iconic image are all over the Web today. Here, for example: