(Reuters) Germany’s Leica Camera AG drew criticism on Chinese social media over a video depicting a news photographer covering the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square three decades ago.
The Leica brand logo is seen above a Leica camera store in Beijing, China, April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
The five-minute dramatization, released this week, touches on a highly sensitive topic in China. The ruling Communist Party has never declared how many people died in the crackdown and discussion of the incident is censored on social media.
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The video shows the photographer hiding and running from Chinese-speaking policemen before taking a picture that has come to symbolize the protests - the “tank man” - a protester standing in front of a convoy of tanks to block their path. The video ends with the Leica logo.