The Liberal youth, led by party president Crin Antonescu, paid homage on Saturday to the heroes of the December 1989 Revolution, making commemorative speeches and laying a wreath at the cross in Bucharest’s University Square, Mediafax reports. Antonescu stated, from the stand set up by the University Square fountain, that, 22 years after the revolution, historians continued to debate whether it had been a revolution or a coup d’etat. “It was a bit of both. For me, for us, for those who risked their lives, it was real revolution, not a coup d’etat,” the National Liberal Party (PNL) leader argued.
He went on to say the Revolution was the most beautiful and painful memory in recent history, beautiful because it had been a fight for freedom, painful as it forced upon us the question of whether the wishes of those who sacrificed their lives were fulfilled.
“20 years on, we no longer see around us legitimate communists or communists who hold a party card, but we still see a lot of state abuse against the citizen, of the ruling power’s disdain for the people, of the lies and propaganda which poisoned our youth,” the Liberal leader added. All those present in the University Square chanted “Freedom!” and some cried out “Down with Basescu!”. At the end, ten members of the Liberal youth laid a wreath at the monument in the University Square.
Saturday was also a day of mourning in Timisoara, as the city commemorated the city’s first 66 protesters killed during the 1989 Revolution, HotNews.ro reports. Theis families and descendants participated in a service to commemorate the martyred heroes, which started at 10am at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Timisoara. Afterwards, wreaths were laid at the Crucifixion Monument and other sites associated with the Revolution.
The Martyrs’ Church hosted, from 12am, a Requiem, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and a memorial feast at the Heroes’ Monument in the Martyred Heroes Cemetery and the Cemetery of the Poor.