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Who was the unknown rebel?

One of the most potent images of the late 20th century was of the man who stood in front of a row of 17 or more tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

This person is often referred to as The Unknown Rebel or Tank Man.

But who was this mysterious person?

According to the and, the persons identity is still a mystery to this day. Some newspaper columnists claim it was Wang Weilin, a 19-year-old student; however, this claim is dubious and unsubstantiated.

As with most matter, the Tank Man topic is still a political taboo in mainland China; this man whomever he is was moved by his convictions, beliefs that he stood alone against not just a row of tanks, but by a country and a political philosophy.