It kind of makes one wonder what exactly was accomplished in 1989 when 100,000 protesters marched in Beijing. Appearantly not much.
Oh no, there was *lots* accomplished by this protest, and the massacre that ensued.
The Chinese government proved to its citizenry that There Are Certain Things You Will Not Talk About.
The Chinese government proved to the rest of the world that it doesn't give a rat's ass what anyone else thinks about how They Run Their Country.
The American (and Canadian, and probably others too) government proved that they will walk on eggshells around the issue of free speech and human rights with China in order to get lucrative trade deals.
The Chinese government basically proved that not only can they crush dissent in *their* country, but in others too.