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December 30, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three levels below the basement of the Romanian Communist Party's Central Committee building, there is a bunker built strong enough to withstand a nuclear attack. One room of its command center contains a wall of Japanese- and American-made equipment. It has now been shot to pieces, its wiring and circuitry ripped loose. This was where Nicolae Ceausescu's Praetorian Guard, the fanatical presidential protection unit of the Securitate, was prepared to make its last stand in defense of its leader.
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July 24, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though the disintegrating, seven-nation Warsaw Pact has one foot in the grave, some members are desperately trying to keep a tombstone from being placed over the remains. The prognosis looks bleak, and there are widespread predictions of the demise of the organization, which was formed here in 1955 as a Communist counter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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December 23, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nicolae Ceausescu's monster was dying monstrously Friday. As his 24-year-old dictatorship in Romania careened into its final blood-soaked days, Nicolae Ceausescu, along with his wife Elena, his son and his network of family retainers, probably realized they could expect little mercy or sympathy from 23 million Romanians who have endured a despotism that, at the last, seemed to slip into outright madness. The end of power for the Ceausescu family came amid blood, flames and chaos.
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June 14, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 24, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though the disintegrating, seven-nation Warsaw Pact has one foot in the grave, some members are desperately trying to keep a tombstone from being placed over the remains. The prognosis looks bleak, and there are widespread predictions of the demise of the organization, which was formed here in 1955 as a Communist counter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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December 26, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed Monday after a secret trial, state television announced, as the capital that Ceausescu long had terrorized settled into an uneasy calm. Throughout the day, Romanian television and radio broadcasts reported that Ceausescu was being held in an undisclosed location. His whereabouts had been the subject of rumor and speculation since Friday, when he fled the capital in the face of mass demonstrations. Shortly before 9 p.m.
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December 24, 1989 | From Reuters
The pockmarked buildings of Bucharest are scrawled with slogans like "Hitler, Stalin, Ceausescu" and "Down With Ceausescu and His Clan." Salvos of bullets ripped the sides of buildings Saturday as units of the secret police still loyal to deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fought running battles through the streets and squared off with regular army soldiers who have gone over to the rebels. "This is civil war," said a man in the throng of thousands gathered in a central Bucharest square.
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June 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Troops and police scuffled with demonstrators outside the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest, witnesses said. The government moved in hundreds of troops and military police and several armored personnel carriers to protect the huge building on Victory Square as about 500 protesters and onlookers milled outside. Tempers flared when supporters of pro-democracy hunger strikers marched to the doors of the building, where the strikers were meeting with government negotiators.
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June 14, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prime Minister Petre Roman agreed to consider firing Romania's Defense Minister Nicolae Militaru, as demanded by hundreds of officers. Militaru did the bidding of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu for years. Soldiers and more than 1,000 civilian supporters gathered in Victory Square in front of government headquarters and vowed to stay until Militaru is dismissed.
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June 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Troops and police scuffled with demonstrators outside the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest, witnesses said. The government moved in hundreds of troops and military police and several armored personnel carriers to protect the huge building on Victory Square as about 500 protesters and onlookers milled outside. Tempers flared when supporters of pro-democracy hunger strikers marched to the doors of the building, where the strikers were meeting with government negotiators.
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March 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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March 3, 1990 | From Associated Press
The chief of the military tribunal that condemned Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife to death in December has committed suicide, Justice Minister Teofil Pop announced Friday. He told a news conference that Maj. Gen. Gica Popa, 57, shot himself in the head with his standard-issue Makharov pistol at 1:15 p.m. Thursday in his Justice Ministry office. It was unclear whether the suicide was related to Popa's role on the tribunal.
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February 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prime Minister Petre Roman agreed to consider firing Romania's Defense Minister Nicolae Militaru, as demanded by hundreds of officers. Militaru did the bidding of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu for years. Soldiers and more than 1,000 civilian supporters gathered in Victory Square in front of government headquarters and vowed to stay until Militaru is dismissed.
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January 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
The National Salvation Front government bowed to the clamor from the opposition Tuesday and announced that it has split into two groups, one to govern Romania and the other to take part in coming elections. In a further concession, senior front member Silviu Brucan said the front will propose that a coalition government be formed until the planned May 20 elections--in effect agreeing to share the power it assumed during the December revolution that toppled Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
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January 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Only five volunteers were asked to execute deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife last month, but 80 insisted on shooting, a Romanian government official said. In an interview published Monday in the newspaper Le Figaro, Silviu Brucan, a member of the 11-member executive council of the National Salvation Front, said the firing squad's enthusiasm reflected popular support for the Dec. 25 execution. "The officer in command asked for five soldiers to step forward and prepare to fire.
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January 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
The National Salvation Front government bowed to the clamor from the opposition Tuesday and announced that it has split into two groups, one to govern Romania and the other to take part in coming elections. In a further concession, senior front member Silviu Brucan said the front will propose that a coalition government be formed until the planned May 20 elections--in effect agreeing to share the power it assumed during the December revolution that toppled Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
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March 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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January 14, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Romania appeared to be edging closer to martial law Saturday as the military took over in the regional capital of Timisoara, and the ruling National Salvation Front came under renewed attack for its past Communist connections. The state news agency Rompres announced the military takeover in Timisoara, where the Romanian revolution was born in protests that began Dec. 16 and six days later toppled dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. The news agency said that Maj. Gen.
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January 10, 1990 | Associated Press
Nicolae Ceausescu personally ordered troops to fire on protesters at the start of Romania's uprising, and his wife told soldiers who didn't want to shoot a pregnant woman to run her down with a tank instead, an official said Tuesday.
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