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#Tankman2018: Remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre

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ALMOST three decades ago, hundreds if not thousands of Chinese students were gunned down in Beijing by government soldiers for holding peaceful pro-democracy protests which had lasted many weeks.

Remembering the iconic image of a man standing in front of tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square – a place meaning “gate of heavenly peace” – Chinese netizens are marking the 29th anniversary of the killings with the hashtag #Tankman2018.

According to the Guardian, the Tank Man social media campaign was started by Chinese artist Badiucao. “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,” he was quoted as saying.

on this day in 1989 #Tankman2018 pic.twitter.com/4eoEG8RdIR

— grace pettigrew (@broomstick33) June 4, 2018

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Chinese authorities each year censor online content relating to the crackdown – a human rights issue which remains a point of contention with many Western countries.

国会山前 #坦克人#TankMan2018 #TankMan pic.twitter.com/3tuObs3NV0

— 周锋锁 Fengsuo Zhou (@ZhouFengSuo) June 3, 2018

Badiucao said the man represents “something lost in China’s young generation now — the idealism, passion, sense of responsibility, and confidence that an........

© Asian Correspondent