HOT BLAST: The Tank Man of Tiananmen
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A picture showing a man blocking a line of tanks at the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing is displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" run by pro-democracy activists at City University in Hong Kong on Monday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A picture showing a man blocking a line of tanks at the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing is displayed at the "June 4 Memorial Museum" run by pro-democracy activists at City University in Hong Kong on Monday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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On June 4, 1989 - 24 years ago today - the entire world was watching the pro-democracy uprising in China's Tiananmen Square.

As the Associated Press reports: "The crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on June 4, 1989, killed hundreds, possibly more. The Chinese government has never fully disclosed what happened on that day and branded the protests a 'counterrevolutionary riot.' It remains a taboo topic inside the country, but the growing use of Twitter-like sites known as Weibo and other social media — although largely censored — has made it difficult for authorities to control all information about the Tiananmen crackdown."



There are several updates out there worth your time, including items from Foreign Policy, The Atlantic and Bloomberg. The latest news from today's remembrances is here

Perhaps the most worthwhile reminder is to recall the courageous actions of the protester who has become known as the Tank Man.

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