June 21, 1990 |
Former Communist Ion Iliescu pledged Wednesday to be a democratic president of reconciliation, but the United States boycotted his inauguration to protest his role in violent attacks on opposition figures. The capital was generally quiet after a tumultuous week of anti-government riots, mob rule by loyalist miners and a crackdown on dissenters.
June 14, 1990 |
Anti-Communist protests flared in the Balkan capitals Wednesday, with soldiers firing on demonstrators in Bucharest in the worst rioting in Romania since the December revolution that overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Thousands of Romanians angered by a pre-dawn police raid on protesters who had occupied a central square for 53 days stormed the state television station and set fire to police headquarters. State radio reported that four people were killed, two of them shot to death.
February 20, 1990 |
Romania's provisional prime minister, Petre Roman, said Monday that some of the demonstrators who forced their way into government offices in Bucharest on Sunday and briefly held captive the country's vice premier were "suspicious persons, ex-convicts, people without jobs, loaded with money and armed with knives."
July 4, 1990 |
Romania said that at least 83 people will stand trial for involvement in political violence in Bucharest. Officials asserted that the six people killed in the June 13-15 riots died before pro-government miners arrived on the scene. A Foreign Ministry statement also absolved security forces of responsibility for three people who died of gunshot wounds, saying the troops used only blanks.
March 22, 1990 |
Troops backed by tanks kept an uneasy peace Wednesday in the Transylvania town of Tirgu Mures, where tensions between Romanians and ethnic Hungarians led to bloody street battles Tuesday night, leaving at least six people dead and 300 wounded. Tanks cordoned off all highways into Tirgu Mures, about 250 miles northwest of Bucharest, and tanks as well as about 500 soldiers and police patrolled downtown. A special commission of inquiry agreed to meet today with representatives of both sides.