Tiananmen – The Sunday Times Magazine, 1989

By late 1989, other newspapers and magazines have abudnantly covered the Tiananmen Square protests and the massacres that followed. Four months after the massacre, as the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe also looking increasingly fragile, the Sunday Times magazine devoted 15 pages to the tragedy and analysed its effect on China’s future.

Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin’s photo of the tank man, whose negatives were smuggled out of his hotel before the police came knocking on the door and whisked out of the country in a packet of tea by a French student who later delivered it to Magnum’s Paris offices, appeared in the magazine, as did a photo of the charred corpse of Cui Guozheng, a soldier who was stabbed to death and lynched and burnt, according to the Chinese Communist Party by violent “counterrevolutionaries”.

The magazine opened with another of Franklin’s photo — a naked protestor with his arms outstretched, breathing the “free air” of the protests. The photographs revealed the full carnage and terror of the People’s Liberation Army turning on the student demonstrators. Another photo showed crushed bicycles found beside the mutilated bodies being yanked off a barricade by an armoured personnel carrier on which the protesters had drawn a swastika.

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