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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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March 26, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A military court Monday sentenced 16 former Communist officials to prison for supporting a bloody crackdown that preceded the December, 1989, overthrow of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Five of the 21 defendants, all members of the Communist Party's Politburo, were acquitted. The five-member panel of military judges gave the harshest sentences--5 1/2 years each--to Ceausescu's propaganda chief, Dumitru Popescu, 62, and Ioan Totu, 59, a former foreign minister.
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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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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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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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December 25, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city where the Romanian uprising began one week ago was still not free of conflict on Christmas Eve. Christmas services at the Central Cathedral were not held Sunday because secret-police snipers, still loyal to ousted dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, were believed to be in the cathedral towers. Families dragging freshly cut evergreen trees into their homes for trimming faced occasional bursts of gunfire.
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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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December 26, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old man who fled his native Romania for Orange County four years ago but returned last week with a brother to visit his girlfriend and bring medical supplies for friends and relatives was reportedly shot to death, his family said Monday. On a grim Christmas Day, the family of Ionel (John) Antimie waited anxiously at their home in Fullerton for further word from friends or family members in Romania, where continued fighting made communication difficult if not impossible.
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December 25, 1989 | From Reuters
Blood stained the steps of the church of this border town in the southern Romanian farmlands on Sunday. Snipers, presumed to be die-hard supporters of deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, settled themselves in the church steeple Saturday evening and began picking people off. A lieutenant and a soldier were killed before the army managed to dislodge the three men. One sniper was shot to death and the other two were captured.
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May 27, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The youngest son of executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu insisted that he never ordered the army and police to shoot at demonstrators during the bloody revolution that toppled his father. "I kept asking the security forces not to shoot at demonstrators," said Nicu Ceausescu, 39, as he testified on the first day of his nationally televised trial. He told the five-judge military court that the evidence did not support the chief charge against him, complicity in genocide.
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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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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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December 28, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST and DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The provisional government of Romania on Wednesday warned secret- police snipers still holding out in Romanian cities to surrender by nightfall today or face death by firing squad if they are captured. But after five days of skirmishes between the army and bands of secret police left over from the regime of executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Bucharest and other major cities were mostly quiet.
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December 26, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old man who fled his native Romania for Orange County four years ago but returned last week with a brother to visit his girlfriend and bring medical supplies for friends and relatives was reportedly shot to death, his family said Monday. On a grim Christmas Day, the family of Ionel (John) Antimie waited anxiously at their home in Fullerton for further word from friends or family members in Romania, where continued fighting made communication difficult if not impossible.
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December 28, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST and DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The provisional government of Romania on Wednesday warned secret- police snipers still holding out in Romanian cities to surrender by nightfall today or face death by firing squad if they are captured. But after five days of skirmishes between the army and bands of secret police left over from the regime of executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Bucharest and other major cities were mostly quiet.
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December 25, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER and DAN FISHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Some of Europe's worst urban warfare since World War II continued to rage in Bucharest and other Romanian cities on Sunday despite a warning by Romania's new provisional government that those opponents who fail to lay down their arms will be punished "promptly and mercilessly."
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December 25, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city where the Romanian uprising began one week ago was still not free of conflict on Christmas Eve. Christmas services at the Central Cathedral were not held Sunday because secret-police snipers, still loyal to ousted dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, were believed to be in the cathedral towers. Families dragging freshly cut evergreen trees into their homes for trimming faced occasional bursts of gunfire.
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December 25, 1989 | From Reuters
Blood stained the steps of the church of this border town in the southern Romanian farmlands on Sunday. Snipers, presumed to be die-hard supporters of deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, settled themselves in the church steeple Saturday evening and began picking people off. A lieutenant and a soldier were killed before the army managed to dislodge the three men. One sniper was shot to death and the other two were captured.
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