Twenty-five years of 'springs'

The "Prague Spring" of 1968 was a gallant attempt at a non-violent democratic revolution, but it was crushed by Soviet tanks. Eighteen years later, in the Philippines, the first "people-power" revolution succeeded, and since 1986, non-violent revolutions have driven a great many dictators from power. The most recent was in Egypt, in February—but there never was a guarantee that these revolutions would turn out well.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 06/15/2011 12:00 am EDT

The "Prague Spring" of 1968 was a gallant attempt at a non-violent democratic revolution, but it was crushed by Soviet tanks. Eighteen years later, in the Philippines, the first "people-power" revolution succeeded, and since 1986, non-violent revolutions have driven a great many dictators from power. The most recent was in Egypt, in February—but there never was a guarantee that these revolutions would turn out well.

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