An unarmed demonstrator who opposed a column of tanks by standing in front of them the day after the Chinese military had made a murderous move to destroy the resistance to the government.
'Tank Man' (dubbed 'The Unknown Rebel' by Time Magazine, which later named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century) is/was a protestor who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 4, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had brutally suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
'Tank Man' was photographed by 5 photographers and the images were smuggled out of China. The dramatic images quickly made him became a international icon of non-violent resistance.
His fate and identity remain unknown.
'Tank Man' remains an enduring symbol of courage. In October 2021, a cartoonist of over 20 years standing was sacked in Australia for posting the image shown on Instagram, during the COVID universal vaccination project.