Twenty years ago, the people of China tired of not having their voices heard, flooded the streets in protest against China's Communist Regime. The response was unthinkable as thousands of brave man and women were murdered without mercy, by the Chinese army.
One lone man stood in front of the tanks, putting his life in danger for the sake of freedom. His identity is not known and he has earned the name of "Tank Man". A symbol of freedom forever immortalized. The photograph was taken by Jeff Widener, a photographer from the Associated Press, from the sixth floor of the Bijing Hotel, at a distance of 800 meters and through a 400 mm lence.
Other famous participants of the event in 1989:
- Wang Dan, Wei Jingsheng, Wuerkaixi, Chai Ling. Student leaders of the protests.
- Zhao Ziyang, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
- Li Peng, former Premier of the Communist Party of China
- Wen Jiabao, current Premier of the Communist Party of China
- Liu Xiaobo, famous Chinese dissident
- Yu Dongyue, former Chinese journalist who threw paint-filled eggs onto the Mao Zedong portrait on the Square
- Bei Dao, poet (ideological influence, during the protests was participating at a conference in Berlin)
- Cui Jian, the so-called "father of Chinese rock," whose song "Nothing To My Name" was considered an unofficial "anthem" for students and protesters there.