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posted by takyon on Tuesday June 05, @01:45AM   Printer-friendly
from the who? dept.

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On the 29th anniversary of the crackdown in Beijing, protesters are reenacting the historic face-off between a lone man and a Chinese tank. [...] Better known as “Tank Man”, he is one of the most enduring images of China’s violent military crackdown on democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, known in China as liusi, or June 4th.

On the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, protesters are reenacting the face-off under hashtags including #Tankman2018, #Tankmen2018, a campaign started by Chinese artist and cartoonist, Badiucao. According to Badiucao, Tank Man represents “something lost in China’s young generation now — the idealism, passion, sense of responsibility, and confidence that an individual can make a change”, he said. “Tank Man is very relevant today and people should see it. Society has not changed much since the massacre for the oppression has never stopped”.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/04/tankman2018-hero-of-tiananmen-protest-remembered-across-globe


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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday June 05, @01:48AM

    Edward Snowden: 'The people are still powerless, but now they're aware' [theguardian.com]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden [wikipedia.org]

    On May 20, 2013, Snowden flew to Hong Kong, where he was staying when the initial articles based on the leaked documents were published, beginning with The Guardian on June 5. Greenwald later said Snowden disclosed 9,000 to 10,000 documents.

    Sub if you want.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @02:15AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @02:15AM (#688688)

    And, unfortunately, we could not have had an aristarchus submission, since there are none. They've thrown Aristarchus under the tank! The Bastards!

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday June 05, @02:21PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 05, @02:21PM (#688865) Journal

      To throw Ari under the tank, we'll have to figure out where he hides. I kinda think he haunts the campus at Berkeley, but other times, I swear he's gotta be in New York City. But, if we ever find him, he'll have treadmarks up and down his backside, as well as his front side, and right across his pointy little head.

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  • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Tuesday June 05, @02:39AM (14 children)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Tuesday June 05, @02:39AM (#688694)

    ...confidence that an individual can make a change...

    He's talking about China. That is not true, and never has been.

    Unless your surname is "Khan".

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @02:48AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @02:48AM (#688697)

      Not all changes are immediate, I would argue that Tankman made a massive impact as an individual. Trying to bury it so much only belies their desperation and fear, along with their true attitude of obedience at any cost. It will hurt that government in the long run.

      Speaking of, the US still hasn't recovered from the Kennedy assassination and all the other covered up bullshit that's been done. It has taken US citizens a lot longer to realize just who they've let run the show, and we're only now at the beginning of the grand disillusionment. Roughly quoting, "it is a very bad sign when the people no longer trust in their government."

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @03:22AM (8 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @03:22AM (#688705)

      And we don't even know his name. Now that's Oppression. Communism, not even once.

      • (Score: 2) by Fluffeh on Tuesday June 05, @03:35AM (6 children)

        by Fluffeh (954) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 05, @03:35AM (#688707) Journal

        In a way, that brings Tankman closer to everyone else in am "I am Tankman" "No, I'm Tankman" "No, I'M Tankaman!" sort of way.

        Being anonymous has also protected him. I can't see the Chinese ruling party playing nice with that giant slap in the face and loss of honour considering they were killing people at that time. Throwing him in prison and taking the number off the cell isn't out of the bounds of reality.

      • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Tuesday June 05, @10:19PM

        by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Tuesday June 05, @10:19PM (#689052)

        Communism, not even once.

        Absolutely. And if anyone elects any sort of leftist government, we should overthrow it and murder [wikipedia.org] the leader.

        Communism is such a bad idea that we in the free west need to use violence to prevent it ever happening. Like we tried the first time [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday June 05, @02:25PM (2 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 05, @02:25PM (#688868) Journal

      I don't think the other readers understand your post. The people of China are more conformist than any American, and more than most Europeans. In China, it has never benefited anyone to stand out as an individual. China's culture is very different from ours. The rugged individualists may have been tolerated on rare occassions, but they have certainly never been encouraged.

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      • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Tuesday June 05, @10:11PM (1 child)

        by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Tuesday June 05, @10:11PM (#689051)

        That was exactly the point I was trying to make. (Poorly as it turns out).

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday June 05, @10:22PM

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 05, @10:22PM (#689053) Journal

          Not-so-poorly, I would say. The problem is, it's extremely difficult to describe color to a blind man. It's pretty difficult to describe some colors to a sighted person, who happens to be color impaired. In this case, it's difficult to explain to the reading audience that Chinese psychology is very different from our own.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @05:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @05:20PM (#688937)

      Khan was a title.

      Calling someone Khan was like saying Lord , or King .

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @09:45AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @09:45AM (#688786)

    ... China.

    Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @05:46PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05, @05:46PM (#688951)

      While I like snipes with witty quotes this is no boogeyman but the nasty reality. Try doing a web search for Tiananmen inside and outside of China. And it's a pretty recent event too. China really is pretty fucking scary.

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