Recently, visitors have mentioned Tiananmen Square and “Tank Boy.”
The following are some of the many comments by people who recall “Tank Boy” being run over and perhaps killed.
In September 2011, Angel said:
I remember “tank boy” getting run over by the tank at Tiananmen Square. My husband doesn’t. We googled it and apparently he didn’t get run over. I have a very vivid memory though. I remember seeing a video of it. I remember learning this in 7th grade history.
Joy, Marna Ehrich, and Sez agreed.
In August 2012, Bree said:
I remember TANK BOY getting run over. My partner and myself were talking about Tiananmen Square and tank boy. I mentioned how horrible it was that he was killed, my partner had no memory of that and thought I was crazy. He had to go on YouTube to show me that he lived. As i watched i had no recollection of that event of him living.
Same here I remember seeing blood on the street after the tank rolled over him and how the backlash nearly caused communism to fall apart in china and then they switched to the capitalistic command economy. This is so weird.
… i very clearly remember the guy getting run over by the tank.
Wait, the guy didn’t get run over by the tank?
I remember the so called “tank guy” being famous exactly because he was killed by that tank. (Again, this is a memory of a news event talking about it after the original event had occurred.)
In December 2013, Robin said:
I also remember the Tiananmen thing, the guy and more also got ran over. I remember that especially because of how they described how they died….heads popping like melons…it was such a horror for me at the time that an authority could harm it’s own non-violent citizens! At the time the story was that the one guy held back the tanks as long as the photographers and newscasters were there. Once they left, whammo, all in the path were squashed.
Joseph left a lengthy comment with great links:
This freaked me out so badly when I heard that he didn’t get run over. I had to do some research into this.
I remember it.
I remember watching it in school.
I remember his friends dragging his lifeless body away.
Apparently SEVERAL people remember him getting run over.
Here is a link to a video that was supposed to show him getting run over, but the video is gone.
(Feb 2016 update: And now the link is broken, as well. However, the Wayback Machine still has it.)
But it gets even better.
People remember the bloodshed right?
(Feb 2016 update: And this link is missing, as well. The Wayback Machine has a version of it, but — unless I’m mistaken — it’s been edited.)
Well, apparently that didn’t happen according to wikileaks.
Here’s a link to a blog covering the “Tianenmen Myth”.
Here’s a link to the video as it is supposed to have happened.
Read the comments.
Reality gets freaking weirder every day.
This memory seems to be vivid for many people. If you share that memory, I hope you’ll leave a comment and whether you saw the event covered by the media when it happened, whether you heard about it in a history class, or somewhere else.
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