Chinese Protester in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989

Some of you reading this blog might remember the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The protests occurred in Beijing in the People’s Republic of China. Beginning in April of 1989, thousands of students and other citizens started gathering in groups large and small, protesting many issues, centered on a desire for freedom and democratic reform.

By mid-May of 1989, hundreds of thousands of protesters occupied Tiananmen square, staging hunger strikes, and asking for dialogue. The Chinese authorities responded with a declaration of martial law, and sent soldiers and tanks from the People’s Liberation Army. Their aim was to disperse the crowds. Late on June 3rd, 1989, the tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into Tiananmen square, killing and wounding many, mostly civilians. Estimates vary widely, from several hundred to several thousand dead.

In this photo taken by Jeff Widener (and published by the Associated Press) a Chinese protestor blocks a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Boulevard in front of the Beijing Hotel. The man was shortly pulled away and the tanks continued on their way. It’s hard to believe that this occurred 20 years ago this month. It’s a harsh reminder of how things can go wrong in this world. This photo has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 14th of June 2012.

Yesterday a photo featuring Hunter Kennedy on stage @ Hatfield Carnival 2012 was the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant, feel free to check it out. Watch this space for daily updates on this blog in the Photography and Babes category. Remember: Feedback is appreciated and welcome here and Sharing is Caring (so share the posts you like on Running Wolf’s Rant with your friends on Facebook and Twitter).

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