Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Who is the "Tankman" of Tiananmen Square?

CNN via Getty Images(BEIJING) -- It's an iconic image that defined courage and defiance for a generation around the globe.

But little is known about the man who blocked the path of a column tanks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing 25 years ago, on June 5, 1989.

Over the years he has come to be known as the "Tank Man," the "Unknown Rebel," or the "Unknown Protester."

Some reports have identified the man as Wang Weilin, but his true identity has not been confirmed. The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported in 2006 that Wang Weilin was an alias and that he had escaped the massacre in Tiananmen Square and has made his way to Taiwan via Hong Kong.

What we do know about him are his actions, captured that day in stunning video footage.

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