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Romanians still wait for justice 30 years after bloody revolution

Ex-president faces trial over chaotic violence that followed removal of dictator Ceausescu

Teodor Maries had never seen anything like it: Romanian riot police were locking down central Bucharest, a speech by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had just been cut short by…

  • Daniel McLaughlin
  • The Irish Times

It was December 21st, 1989, and Maries was a third-division footballer spending time off in Bucharest when he found himself and Romania at a crossroads – and he plunged into…

“I thought that if I leave the pavement now and join the crowd, then there’s no way back, I will be arrested or beaten or killed,” Maries recalls.

“I knew it…

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