He has become a global symbol of freedom and defiance, immortalised in photos, television shows, posters and T-shirts.

But three decades after the Chinese army crushed demonstrations centred on Tiananmen Square, "Tank Man" — the person who boldly confronted a convoy of tanks barrelling down a Beijing avenue — is as much a mystery as ever.

In an age of cyber-sleuthing and intense media scrutiny, it has become almost impossible for historical figures to remain anonymous. But 30 years later, Tank Man is still a source of enduring fascination and intrigue.

Tank Man was photographed June 5, 1989, in the

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