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alchemisoul:Tank Man (The Lone Protester)This month marks the 31st anniversary of the “Tank…

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Tank Man

(The Lone Protester)

This month marks the 31st anniversary of the “Tank man” incident. While the lone protester will forever remain an icon of civil disobedience in the west, the incident in Tiananmen square remains virtually unknown within China. To my mind, along with The Burning Monk, this is one of the most powerful images ever captured – selfless, fearless, belligerent resistance.

God bless The Heretics.

Only a handful of photographs made it out of the country, just barely. Charlie Cole, passed away late last year, said this took this photograph above: “I’m thinking, ‘This guy is going to be killed any moment now. And if he is, I just can’t miss this. This is something that he’s giving his life for. It’s my responsibility to record it as accurately as possible,’” he told FRONTLINE.

Eventually, a group of people — it is still unclear who they were — ushered the man to the side, and the tanks passed through. To this day the tank man’s identity is unknown, though photos of him ran on the front page of newspapers worldwide. And that is thanks, in part, to people like Cole, who was one of the journalists there to capture the standoff. As he photographed the scene, Cole says that he noticed the Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) watching him through binoculars. He had to act quickly to assure that his photos of the historic event would make it out of China.

“I went in and took the film out of the camera and reloaded it into the plastic film can, and went into the toilet, took off the top of the toilet and put it in the holding tank, put the toilet top back on,” Cole recalled.

About 10 to 15 minutes later, the PSB broke through the door of Cole’s hotel room. The officers took a roll of film that Cole had shot from the night before, forced him to sign a confession that he had been photographing during martial law and confiscated his passport.

“They were pretty satisfied they’d cleaned up the situation,” Cole added. He returned to the bathroom a day and a half later to find that the film was still there.“Luckily nobody had flushed the toilet,” he said.

He had the film developed at the Associated Press office in Beijing, and the photo was transmitted to Newsweek in time for his deadline. Cole went on to win the 1990 World Press Photo of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism, for the iconic shot. Since the photos of the tank man published, the Chinese government has worked diligently to keep them from surfacing.

Earlier this year, four men in southwestern China were sentenced up to four years in prison for selling Tiananmen-themed liquor in bottles that evoked images of the tank man. The liquor had been maturing since 1989, the same year as the crackdown on the Tiananmen protests. Though his identity and fate are unknown, 30 years later the photo of tank man’s defiance is still widely regarded as symbol of the protests.“

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/remembering-the-tiananmen-square-crackdown-and-the-tank-man

isagrimorie: one-time-i-dreamt: Happening right now in Hong Kong – the police is firing rubber…

isagrimorie:

one-time-i-dreamt:

Happening right now in Hong Kong – the police is firing rubber bullets and using batons, pepper spray, tear gas and water cannons on peaceful protesters who took the streets to protest against the passing of a controversial law which would allow China to extradite people.

Protesters set up camps, gave out snacks and surgical masks before all of this started. Tanks are apparenrly out in the streets as well and people are being hurt as I write this, but they are not backing down.

Most of the protesters are young people, university students, even high schoolers.

Date: New York Times, 12 June 2019

I’m from Hong Kong. On 12 June, peaceful and unarmed protesters were provoked and then assaulted by Hong Kong Police Force violently with out of proportion deployment of tear gas. Protesters were being shot in the head with rubber bullets and beanbags. While protesters were provoked by the police to throw water bottles, umbrellas and bricks, no burning and robbery or riot activities were commited by these protesters. HKPF sent their full-geared riot police, not to clear the protest and restore order, but to take this opportunity to assault these protesters and even journalists.  Unarmed protesters were scared and ran for their life.  They only had umbrella and medical face masks to protect themselves. They were taking a break, sitting or already lying on the ground. They can no longer defend themselves nor had they charged at police at all. They were being pepper sprayed and brutally beaten by the riot police. Journalists with equipment screamed their identity and riot police continued to charge or sneak behind them to apply pepper spray.

On 16 June, two millions, lined up for hours for public transport, took the street to say no to extradition law but also to demand the government to retract the “Riot” designation and to condemn police’s excessive force. The leader’s apology is no more than a lip service without even acknowledging the mass turnout on 16 June and their grieve concerns about police’s abuse of authority. We are fighting for Hong Kong and for anyone who still believe in justice.

Photo credits: Hong Kong Free Press, Apply Daily Hong Kong, Kam Yik Hey

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