Even 30 years later, it’s hard to forget Tiananmen Square.

In 1989, defiant Chinese protesters took to the streets of Beijing to demand democratic and economic reforms. The Chinese government responded by rolling tanks against their own citizens and opening fire into the crowd. An official death toll was never released.

That history has made me uneasy as I’ve watched protests sweep Hong Kong for the past 12 weeks. So I asked Deana Rohlinger of Florida State University, an expert on social movements, to explain why China hasn’t stepped in – at least not yet.

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A demonstrator in Hong Kong on Aug. 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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