A series of projects on the Binance Smart Chain inspired by violent incidents in Chinese and American history are testing the platform’s decentralization limits.
Tiananmen Square Immortalized on Binance Smart Chain
An anonymous developer has released a game called “Tanks of Tiananmen” on Binance Smart Chain (BSC) to test decentralization on the platform and the Chinese authorities.
Welp someone deployed a Tiananmen Square Tank contract to $BSC and all of @cz_binance’s validators are centralized in China. https://t.co/5C1Q5eGA8G
— John Wineman (@johnwineman) February 28, 2021
The game is based on a 1989 pro-democratic protest when a man stood in front of Chinese military tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The act advocated reform, protested corruption, and demanded freedom of the press in China.
During the event, over one million protestors gathered in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Many died in a massacre when the state eventually sent in tanks and armed soldiers. While officials state that 300 were killed, recent figures suggest that as many as 10,000 people died in the protest, run over by tanks and shot by advancing infantry.
The image of the unidentified “Tank Man” standing in front of a line of tanks became iconic throughout the world.
Tank Man by Jeff Widener, 1989 Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China #photography pic.twitter.com/n2U2J0Xxpx
— Rhonda Stratton (@Raceycleo) May 26, 2014
But due to state controls in China, the image is less widely known and more controversial. The events of Tiananmen Square are reportedly censored within China—as …
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