Tiananmen Square: What happened in the protests of 1989? - BBC News

33 years ago. The world might have looked very different if this revolution movement succeeded, like Ukraine was able to do in 2014. It’s important we protect democracies in the world. Not because it’s the best we can do. But because a more free and open society allows us to move forward. Dictatorships do not allow a path towards a resource based economy with the limited time we have left to change (climate change is a ticking time bomb).