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Hong Kong vs. Tiananmen: Social Media Fuel ‘Umbrella Revolution’

In this June 5, 1989 photo, a Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Changan Blvd. from Tiananmen Square.  Jeff Widener, AP)
In this June 5, 1989 photo, a Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Blvd. from Tiananmen Square. (Jeff Widener/AP Photo)

 

(USA Today) – For Tiananmen Square, it was the “tank man.” For this year’s Hong Kong protests, it could be the “umbrella man.”

The image of a lone man standing in front of tanks after the Tiananmen Square protests became one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Only a handful of photographers captured the moment.

In Hong Kong, an image of a protester shielding himself from tear gas with an umbrella is becoming a symbol of the city’s massive pro-democracy demonstrations. “Umbrella man” has been shared on Twitter thousands of times.

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