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Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Fang Zheng

Fang Zheng was among the students cruelly overrun by army tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. After he pushed a young female student to safety, a tank crushed both his legs and he lost consciousness. He recovered after both of his legs were amputated, only to have Chinese authorities deny him a passport in an attempt to silence him about what happened. He was awarded the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Human Rights Award in 2018 for his bravery.