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The Romanian Revolution

Written by: George Chittenden : 28 Oct 2019

This photo was taken in December, 1989 outside the headquarters of the Romanian Communist Party in Bucharest during the anti-communist revolution. The country’s communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu was eventually overthrown and fled from the capital. Three days later on Christmas Day Nicolae and his wife Elena were executed by firing squad.

Protest in Bucharest during the anti-communist revolution, 1989.

Protest in Bucharest during the anti-communist revolution, 1989.

The revolution began on December 15th in Timisoara when protests started and quickly spread. Surprisingly Romania did not have riot police, so soldiers were sent in without live ammunition and the army failed to establish order. It was the end of the road for Nicolae Ceausescu, who had kept up a reign of fear for 24 years as communist party leader, controlling any opposition with the help of the brutal secret police, the Securitate.

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