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Published on Feb 28, 2009
It's widely believed that the 'Tank Man' was killed during his personal struggle against the Chinese government/army in the final moments of the nation-wide riots. This is not true, as shown in this video.
What this man did is amazing, but if the masses KNEW that he did not get ran over, the impact would be minute compared to what it is now. I applaud the Chinese at the time for standing against an oppressive government for as long as they did (the events did not escalate to this after 1 day, it was months of protesting), but in my opinion, the government was in some ways forced to remove the protesters and as they retaliated death was a result. It could have been much better handled (for example following Zhao and not removing him from the party for his 'sympathetic' views to the predominately student body of protesters), but don't forget that this was the first massive scale of protesters in China's history (Western nations had long become familiar with it) and many were not prepared/trained for it. China was coming to a standstill as a result of these protests.
Many do not even know why the protests eventuated, which makes it difficult for the true series of events to have their story told. The edited video (erased the bit where he is pushed away) depicts the Chinese government to be a monster, but is this really the case?
I am very critical of the Chinese government, I am not a Chinese government sympathizer. I just like to look at as many possible views (not just one video) before coming up to my own personal conclusion.