The Unknown Soldier
The soldiers marched towards the students, shouting at will climbing over bodies and still shooting.
On June 5 in the unusual quiet after the massacre, with lanes empty, a small man in slacks and white shirt, carrying what looked like shopping bags posts himself before an approaching tank with a line of 17 tanks behind it. The tank swerves left, he to block it moves right. The tank swerves right and he moves left. This anonymous bystander then clambers up onto the vehicle of war and says something to the driver which is interpreted as: "Why are you here? My city is in chaos because of you." As soon as the man descended from the tank, anxious onlookers pulled him to safety and the veil of anonymity closed on him once more. Some said he was called Wang Weilin a 19-year-old student, a few opined that he was a factory worker’s son and others said he looked like a provincial just arrived in the capital by train.
This anonymous person who risked his life in front of the juggernaut became an instant symbol of courage, a great defender of peace, an unknown soldier in the struggle for human rights.
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Compiled by: Bindu Misra; Illustrations by: Amarjeet Malik
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