Tiananmen 30 years on: A bid to remember Tank Man - to fight 'collective amnesia'

An unidentified man, who later became known as Tank Man, blocking a column of tanks in Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace on June 5, 1989.
An unidentified man, who later became known as Tank Man, blocking a column of tanks in Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace on June 5, 1989.PHOTO: REUTERS

A lone man, bags in both hands, standing his ground as a column of tanks bears down on him on June 5, 1989.

The image, which no doubt would have gone viral in the social media age, appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world after it was smuggled out of China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2019, with the headline 'A bid to remember Tank Man - to fight 'collective amnesia''. Print Edition | Subscribe