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August 26, 1990 | from Associated Press
About 1,500 police occupied a square along the capital's main boulevard after fighting anti-government demonstrators who blocked traffic Saturday for the fourth day. Anti-riot troops and military police carrying shields and clubs moved in on the demonstrators, who unleashed a barrage of rocks and bottles. Hundreds of assembled Romanians booed as the security forces pushed in. Many people were beaten and arrested.
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December 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
Final results showed President-elect Ion Iliescu soundly defeated an ultranationalist whose racist and extremist statements threatened to isolate Romania from mainstream Europe. Iliescu won 67% of Sunday's ballots to Corneliu Vadim Tudor's 33%, according to results published Tuesday by the central electoral bureau.
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January 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 5,000 demonstrators gathered in Bucharest, chanting anti-government slogans in support of two weeks of protests and strikes in Timisoara, seat of the most vocal Romanian opposition movement. Several hundred protesters temporarily blocked University Square during the two-hour rally in the capital. Unarmed policemen made no attempt to stop the protest or restore traffic.
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May 28, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the slow dance of post-Cold War NATO enlargement, Romania was one of the former Soviet bloc countries that most strongly desired to waltz right in. So when it was rejected for last year's first wave of expansion, many Romanians felt spurned. Then, right after Romania's disappointment of watching other former Communist states join the alliance first, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched airstrikes on Yugoslavia--and Romania was supposed to applaud. President Emil Constantinescu did.
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December 24, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet Union, affirming its support for the popular uprising that overthrew Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, pledged Saturday to provide "immediate and effective humanitarian aid" to the country but drew the line at military assistance. President Mikhail S.
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January 31, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a formal diplomatic protest, the Bush Administration has accused Romania's interim government of a campaign of political intimidation reminiscent of the totalitarian methods of deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, it was announced Tuesday. "We are deeply troubled by what appears to be active intimidation of legitimate organizations which are seeking a legitimate, independent role in Romania's new political order," State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said. She said the U.S.
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January 20, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Peasants Party said Friday that it supports the decision of the National Salvation Front, Romania's provisional government, to abandon plans for a referendum on the death penalty and on outlawing the Communist Party. The Peasants Party has emerged as the leading political group in the country since the revolution that ousted the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu last month. Its support could help rally public opinion behind the front, which has flip-flopped on the two issues.
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May 23, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ion Iliescu, former Communist Party stalwart who fell out with dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in the 1970s, emerged with a whopping 86% of the presidential vote after ballots were counted Tuesday from Romania's much-maligned attempt at a democratic election. The landslide victory for Iliescu and the National Salvation Front that he heads illustrates both the party's popularity and the risk it runs of restoring one-party rule in a nation that threw off communism in a bloody revolt five months ago.
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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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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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July 16, 1998 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Romanian President Emil Constantinescu made an unabashed appeal Wednesday to a joint session of Congress for the United States to support his country's effort to join NATO. In a 40-minute speech, the Romanian leader praised as "a visionary undertaking" President Clinton's initiative to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and declared it is now in U.S. interests that Romania be part of the next wave of nations joining the alliance.
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December 13, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A reformist government forged from a political deal to overturn Romania's post-Communist legacy took office after parliament backed its pledges to speed up market-oriented change. "This is another kind of government, capable and willing to change Romania's fate," Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea said after taking the oath of office.
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January 5, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
Retired City Manager William C. Winter, undaunted by the recession and state budget crunch he has battled in California, is going to Romania for two months to take on the legacy of a Communist bureaucracy as an adviser to the local government. Winter plans to leave Saturday for Arad, a city of about 200,000 that over the centuries has been governed by Romans, Tatars, Turks and Hungarians. The city is in a province that became part of Romania after World War I.
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September 26, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite an overcrowded ballot for both the presidency and National Assembly, Sunday's election fails to offer the alternative Romanians need most: stability. The second election in less than three years since Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceausescu has shaped up into a battle of spoilers, with a six-way race for president and a Parliament guaranteed to be hopelessly split.
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April 27, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
King Michael returned to his native Romania after 45 years in exile to celebrate Orthodox Easter amid the cheers of 100,000 adoring subjects. But his triumphal homecoming stirred new uncertainties about the future of this troubled Balkan country. Throngs of well-wishers showered his motorcade with flowers and shed tears of joy at the sight of the 70-year-old monarch, belying the official line that Michael von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was just a private citizen in Romania on a holiday visit.
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October 12, 1991 | Reuters
The government has ordered an across-the-board, three-month freeze on wholesale prices, the state news agency Rompres said Friday. Prices agreed to by suppliers and retailers up to the end of last month will be kept unchanged for 90 days and must be registered with the Finance Ministry by Tuesday, Rompres said, quoting Economy Minister Eugen Dijmarescu. The move is intended to restrain inflation now running at about 200%.
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May 28, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the slow dance of post-Cold War NATO enlargement, Romania was one of the former Soviet bloc countries that most strongly desired to waltz right in. So when it was rejected for last year's first wave of expansion, many Romanians felt spurned. Then, right after Romania's disappointment of watching other former Communist states join the alliance first, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched airstrikes on Yugoslavia--and Romania was supposed to applaud. President Emil Constantinescu did.
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December 28, 1989 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration is sending $750,000 in medical supplies and other assistance to Romania, the White House said Wednesday. The announcement was made after President Bush arrived in this south Texas city on the Gulf of Mexico to start a six-day fishing and hunting vacation. Speaking with reporters at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, Bush said he is "just amazed and respectful of that change that has taken place" in Romania.
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October 5, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Workers have begun replacing shattered window glass, and a steady autumn rain is washing away soot from firebombs lobbed against the granite facade of government headquarters on Victory Square. But the terror unleashed during three days of rioting by angry miners last week has inflicted psychological and political damage that Romanians will find much more difficult to repair.
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October 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
The nation's intelligence chief warned Monday that more rioting could break out if Parliament does not quickly revamp the country's leadership. "We are only at the beginning of a very hot period," said Virgil Magureanu, head of the Romanian Intelligence Service, SRI. "It cannot be said for certain that there will not be more violent attacks in the near future."
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