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November 17, 1991 | PETRU POPESCU, Petru Popescu's latest book, "Amazon Beaming , " was published by Viking. Popescu lives in Los Angeles and is writing a novel about the Romanian revolution.
"YOU," SHOUTS THE RUSSIAN--BARE-CHESTED and reeking of wine--to the Romanian truck driver in battered overalls. "You are undisciplined and stupid. Your truck blocks all the traffic." "You drunken sod," the Romanian shouts back, his hands flailing about in search of a screwdriver. "I'll cut your stuffing out, for how you robbed my country for 40 years." We're on a congested highway by a lifted drawbridge across the Siret River. Other bare-chested Russians jump out of their tourist bus.
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October 24, 1999
Daniel Gavra lost his 21-year-old girlfriend and his left leg in a clash with Communist riot troops during the bloody finale of Eastern Europe's season of revolution. Gavra has been provided with a prosthesis and a pension by the Romanian government. But he never has received a plausible account of the shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Slobodanka Ewinger, and at least five other peaceful demonstrators.
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May 23, 1989
Belgium lodged a strong protest with Romania after a Belgian political leader said he and a colleague were beaten by Romanian police when they tried to visit dissident writer Doina Cornea last week. Gerard Deprez, chairman of the Social Christian Party, said he and Christian Leonard, the party's former press attache, were punched by police when they approached Cornea's home in the Romanian town of Cluj. Leonard, who suffered a black eye, was almost run over when a police officer tripped him and pushed him toward a passing car as the two men tried to flee, Deprez told reporters in Brussels.
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November 17, 1991 | PETRU POPESCU, Petru Popescu's latest book, "Amazon Beaming , " was published by Viking. Popescu lives in Los Angeles and is writing a novel about the Romanian revolution.
"YOU," SHOUTS THE RUSSIAN--BARE-CHESTED and reeking of wine--to the Romanian truck driver in battered overalls. "You are undisciplined and stupid. Your truck blocks all the traffic." "You drunken sod," the Romanian shouts back, his hands flailing about in search of a screwdriver. "I'll cut your stuffing out, for how you robbed my country for 40 years." We're on a congested highway by a lifted drawbridge across the Siret River. Other bare-chested Russians jump out of their tourist bus.
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July 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Romania's former secret police chief testified in Bucharest that Nicu Ceausescu, accused of ordering the massacre of 89 civilians during the revolution that toppled his father, often opposed his parents' policies. Gen. Col. Iulian Vlad, who headed deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's Securitate secret police, testified that there were "several occasions" during which the younger Ceausescu was the only member of the state leadership to openly oppose his parents' policies.
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December 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Romanian security forces with tanks and water cannons battled thousands of anti-government demonstrators after police tried to deport a dissident clergyman, the Hungarian news agency and other sources reported Sunday. It was believed to be one of the largest outbreaks of anti-government demonstrations in at least two years in Romania, where hard-line Communist leaders have crushed dissent and rejected the reforms under way elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
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December 20, 1989 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration denounced Romania as the last police state in Eastern Europe and vowed Tuesday to try to find a way to punish the regime for its bloody repression of anti-government demonstrators as reports of violence mounted. The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug cited reports, which it conceded were unconfirmed, that the death toll may have reached 2,000 in weekend clashes in western Romania near the Hungarian border.
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December 19, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A witness estimated that dozens of people were killed when Romanian security forces opened fire on protesters in Timisoara on Sunday, and the hard-line Bucharest government virtually sealed its borders to travel on Monday. Radislav Dencic, a graduate of Timisoara University, was in the city for a week and returned to Yugoslavia on Monday. He said troops and police shot at the protesters from the street and from helicopters.
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January 21, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Palace Square, construction cranes tug at the wreckage left by the battle that attended dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's flight from power. At midday, crowds of people, in from the countryside, walk slowly through the square, looking open-mouthed at the charred and bullet-chipped masonry, appreciating for the first time the ferocity of the fight that took place here. Then they stop by the rows of candles set out before the heaps of dirty snow piled at the edges of the square.
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December 31, 1990 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1989 Laszlo Tokes was lifted from obscurity to history. The hand of fate was active again this year, but the consequences were crueler--personally and politically. Two brothers of the Reformed Church pastor and revolutionary were the targets of apparent assassination attempts.
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December 31, 1990 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1989 Laszlo Tokes was lifted from obscurity to history. The hand of fate was active again this year, but the consequences were crueler--personally and politically. Two brothers of the Reformed Church pastor and revolutionary were the targets of apparent assassination attempts.
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July 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Romania's former secret police chief testified in Bucharest that Nicu Ceausescu, accused of ordering the massacre of 89 civilians during the revolution that toppled his father, often opposed his parents' policies. Gen. Col. Iulian Vlad, who headed deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's Securitate secret police, testified that there were "several occasions" during which the younger Ceausescu was the only member of the state leadership to openly oppose his parents' policies.
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May 5, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of disillusioned Romanians massed in University Square on Friday night in what has become a ritual demand for the resignation of interim President Ion Iliescu and postponement of elections now set for May 20.
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March 26, 1990 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a quiet, old-fashioned apartment in the mid-Wilshire district, the preacher who sparked the Romanian revolution is taking a break from catching history's treacherous waves. Laszlo Tokes, pale, tired-looking, dark-eyed, seems to fit perfectly with the red chintz chairs, dark furniture and portrait miniatures on the walls.
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January 21, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Palace Square, construction cranes tug at the wreckage left by the battle that attended dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's flight from power. At midday, crowds of people, in from the countryside, walk slowly through the square, looking open-mouthed at the charred and bullet-chipped masonry, appreciating for the first time the ferocity of the fight that took place here. Then they stop by the rows of candles set out before the heaps of dirty snow piled at the edges of the square.
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January 8, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The draft of a new election law, ensuring free elections and a multi-party system, has been completed by the ruling council of Romania's National Salvation Front and will be presented this week to the provisional government.
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January 3, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old men had been waiting 40 years for vindication, and they met Tuesday for the first time with an excitement that seemed to wipe away all the ills of old age, all the rheumatism and high blood pressure and heart problems, in a moment of triumph they could barely contain. The Communists had been routed from Romania. Or at least the Communist, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been routed, along with his top henchmen.
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January 8, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The draft of a new election law, ensuring free elections and a multi-party system, has been completed by the ruling council of Romania's National Salvation Front and will be presented this week to the provisional government.
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January 3, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old men had been waiting 40 years for vindication, and they met Tuesday for the first time with an excitement that seemed to wipe away all the ills of old age, all the rheumatism and high blood pressure and heart problems, in a moment of triumph they could barely contain. The Communists had been routed from Romania. Or at least the Communist, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been routed, along with his top henchmen.
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December 27, 1989 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his penultimate speech, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu boasted that Soviet-style reform would come to his country "when apple trees grow pears." Historians may well record the phrase as the one that finally precipitated his fall. In the days that followed, theater and cinema students in Bucharest hung all the pears they could find on the barren December trees that lined the capital's main street.
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