Between 16-25 december 1989, a series of events took place throughout Romania, which overthrew the communist regime of Ceausescu and killed over 1200 people, most of them in the capital city of Bucharest.
Protests began in Timisoara on December 16, 1989 which resulted in an uncontrollable riot. On the morning of December 21, president Ceausescu made a speech in Bucharest to address the situation, during which a protest broke out.
The streets were taken over by protesters and Ceausescu left the scene by helicopter. At mid-day, the television broadcasted the news of the regime overthrow, and a new provisional committee was formed.
In the evening, the crowds from the central square were fired upon, causing chaos and confusion. The shooting and violence lasted until Christmas day. Ceausescu was captured in Targoviste, underwent a 2 hour trial and was swiftly executed with this wife.
On Christmas day, the final number of victims was 1200 dead and 3000 wounded. The perpetrators of the spontaneous violence were unknown and different theories have circulated since. Numerous Securitate archives (communist state police) were burnt in an inexplicable fire, erasing traces that could’ve revealed more information.
Ceausescu was blamed for the violence and he was summarily executed. The new government was lead by former communists marginalized by Ceausescu. They formed the National Front of Salvation party. A few months later, civilians protested in Bucharest against the new party, claiming they want “complete eradication of communism” in Romania. They were met with extreme violence as Ion Iliescu called for support of miners to restore order against “hooligans” in Bucharest. The extreme violence was caught on tape. See June 1990 Mineriad – forgive and forget?
UPDATE: In March 2015, the Mineriad probe has been re-opened and Ion Iliescu (leader of the 1989 revolution) is being investigated, along with others, for “crimes against humanity”.
The protests were violently suppressed and the party remained in power. Their subsequent reforms included renewal of IMF loans, with whom former president Ceausescu had ended all negotiations after paying off the national debt in April 1989. The Polish Embassy in Moscow published documents which proved that the leaders of the Salvation Front party had asked for Soviet intervention in Romania.
No person has been brought to justice for the 1989 events and the Revolution file case has been closed.
“Checkmate Strategy of a Revolution” – German documentary that reveals the truth behind the events of December 1989
Rare footage compilation
Unknown Snipers and Western backed “Regime Change”
Unknown snipers played a pivotal role throughout the « Arab Spring Revolutions ».
The Russian investigative journalist Nikolay Starikov has written a book which discusses the role of unknown snipers in the destabilization of countries targeted for regime change by the United States and its allies. The following article attempts to elucidate historical examples.
In Susanne Brandstätter’s documentary ‘Checkmate: Strategy of a Revolution’ aired on Arte television station. Western intelligence officials revealed how death squads were used to destabilize Romania.
Nicu Ceausescu, the youngest son of Nicolae Ceausescu, was brought to make a statement. Beaten and stabbed, he was publicly accused of genocide before receiving medical care. The accusations were later removed. A state of chaos and confusion was constantly fed through the media.
Romanian revolution report – interviews from those directly involved in the events of 1989 reveal “what really happened”