Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The bravest thing you will see today: Tank Man, Tiananmen, 1989

You might remember the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. I was in my senior year of high school and I remember wondering what it all meant. I admit, I was largely oblivious; it's only in later years that I have come to understand the bravery of the protesters. In some ways it was a precursor to the Arab Spring uprisings.

Of the many images that came out of those rough days, Tank Man stands alone. I've seen the still images before. Today I saw this video for the first time, a stark 1:13 suggesting that one person can change the world, or at least try.

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