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.
July 17, 1990 |
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.
December 18, 1989 |
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.
December 20, 1989 |
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.
December 19, 1989 |
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.
January 21, 1990 |
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.