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Photographer behind Tiananmen Square Tank Man picture dies aged 64

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A Beijing demonstrator blocks the path of a tank convoy along the Avenue of Eternal Peace near Tiananmen Square. For weeks, people have been protesting for freedom of speech and of press from the Chinese government.

The Tank Man of Tiananmen Square has become a symbol of resistance around the world (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

One of the photographers who took the famous Tank Man picture during the Tiananmen Square protests has died at the age of 64.

Charlie Cole died last week, just over 30 years after he and three other photographers took the famous picture.

He went on to win the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture of a man standing in defiance against a tank.

It became a defining image of the 1989 pro-democracy protests in which thousands are believed to have died.

The picture was taken from the balcony of a nearby hotel using a telephoto lens for Newsweek. Realising the power of the image and knowing that he would be searched by Chinese authorities, he hid the film containing the image in the hotel bathroom.

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BEIJING - JUNE 5, 1989: (JAPAN OUT) (VIDEO CAPTURE) A lone demonstrator stands down a column of tanks June 5, 1989 at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The incident took place on the morning after Chinese troops fired upon pro-democracy students who had been protesting in the square since April 15, 1989. (Photo by CNN via Getty Images)

The people who took the pictures risked their lives to get what they witnessed out of China (Picture: Getty)

It had been expected that the man would be killed but, armed with two bags, he managed to stop the column of tanks.

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Eventually two people pulled him to the side of the road and his whereabouts remain a mystery to this day.

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