"Why are you here? My city is in chaos because of you."
So shouted the unarmed stranger at the column of military tanks rumbling through Tiananmen Square, Beijing. The year was 1989, and the city was indeed in chaos: the Chinese military had just massacred hundreds of unarmed students and other demonstrators gathered in the famous square to protest the oppressive communist regime.
The tanks parading through the square that day were intended as a follow-up warning for protestors. But one man, whose identity has never been discovered, responded with a message of his own. He put himself directly in front of the tanks to block their path, and whenever the tanks veered to go around him, he veered too, refusing to let them pass. There are many heroes of Tiananmen Square, but none so iconic as the lone stranger who fearlessly stood up to a formidable line of military tanks.