From Tiananmen Square, Then and Now, one of 50 photos. Here, A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Boulevard in Tiananmen Square, on on June 5, 1989. The man, calling for an end to violence and bloodshed against pro-democracy demonstrators, was pulled away by bystanders, and the tanks continued on their way. More on this iconic image and the still-anonymous “tank man” here. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener)
One of the best PBS Frontline’s I’ve seen was the one on Tankman, exploring his possible identity, and the circumstances surrounding his legendary moment of protest. It’s still one of the most brass-ballsingly inspirational, purely heroic things I’ve ever seen, and the fact that his identity is still a mystery is remarkable.
You can stream the episode in its entirety on the PBS site here.