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October 25, 2021

Controversies surround unveiling of Adrian Paunescu’s statue

The statue of poet Adrian Paunescu was unveiled on Saturday in the Gradina Icoanei Park in the presence of dozens of admirers and close friends, including that of Romanian Academy member Eugen Simion and Gelu Voican Voiculescu. The event was disrupted by a protester.According to Mediafax, before the unveiling of the statute, District 2 Mayor Neculai Ontanu stated that the event is part of a series of events that commemorate the great names of Romanian literature, such as Mircea Eliade, Petre Tutea and Mircea Vulcanescu. At the start of the ceremony, while Ontanu was speaking about Paunescu’s literary works, a 30-year-old man protested against the event, shouting “shame on you! Adrian Paunescu doesn’t deserve this.” Policemen tried to calm the man. The protester continued to vociferate but left the scene after a while. The event dedicated to Paunescu was also criticized by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) which expressed on Friday, through a communiqué, its “firm disapproval of this initiative.” The institute publicly asked the District 2 Mayoralty to give up this “irresponsible gesture.” Before 1989 poet Adrian Paunescu (1943-2010) was one of the backers of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, supporting

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