Chinese dissident Wang Dan speaks during an interview in Boyds, Maryland, on May 14, 2019. - In May 1989, Wang Dan was 20 years old. With a megaphone held up to his thin face, which was in part masked by his large glasses, he rallied the pro-democracy crowds in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Little more than a month later, after a deadly crackdown by Chinese troops, he found himself on the top of the country's most wanted list.
Now, 30 years on, the US-based dissident still remembers every minute of those pivotal days, when student-led pro-democracy activists demonstrated for weeks -- a huge embarrassment for the ruling Communist Party.
Ultimately, early on June 4, 1989, Chinese tanks and soldiers crushed the movement, killing hundreds, and by some estimates more than 1,000. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)