Half Machine Half Hero


Tank Man is known in The Chinese Communist Party as Tabu-Man otherwise known as the Unknown Rebel. Till this day, his real name still creates controversy, and what happened to him still remains a mystery. The nickname of the anonymous man who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after the Chinese military forcibly removed protesters from in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989.

The man achieved widespread international recognition due to the videotape and photographs taken of the incident. Despite his anonymity, he is commonly (though not necessarily correctly) referred to in Chinese as Wang Weilin as dubbed by the Sunday Express magazine.

His heroic last stand reminds us all, that in time of crisis people should fight for what is right, even though everything is against us. For the Chinese youth, his historical figure is helped activist like Ai Weiwei to take a stance against the communist governments oppression on its citizens.

For what the two minutes of the video is worth, they present the controversy that remains a social dilemma and political aptitude till this day. Enjoy the video, because Google and Youtube China have permanently banned his name on the web.

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