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Brasov commemorated 27 years since the Anticommunist Riot of 1987 on Saturday

This Saturday, the dwellers of the city Brasov commemorated 27 years since the Anticommunist Riot of November 15, 1987, held by the workers of the “Steagul Rosu” Auto-Truck Factory, harshly punished at the time by dictator Ceausescu. On Saturday, a religious mass and a military ceremony were held in front of the County Emergency Clinical Hospital in Brasov, and flower arrangements were placed at the wayside triptych located in front of the respective building. The ceremony was attended by approximately 1,000 persons. Octav Bjoza, president of the Former Political Convicts Association described the riot of November 15, 1987, as a highly important event in the struggle for  freedom, and the Brasov workers’ sacrifice was worth it, as it proved that there was still some dignity left in this country and, when saving the dignity of a nation was at stake, not even the supreme sacrifice was too much. “It was a gesture of great bravery, and also a premonitory one, casting a warning sign about what was to happen in the European communist world”, Bjoza explained.
Florin Postolachi, the president of the November 15, 1987 Brasov Association outlined the importance of remembering the heroes of those days. “Every year, on November 15, we meet to remember them, to commemorate them and to send them a message that we are still here, that we exist and that we will always be here for them”, Postolachi declared.
The riot of the “Steagul Rosu” Auto-Truck Factory started during the third shift, Agerpres reported. Afterwards, the workers marched to the headquarters of the Romanian Communist Party County Committee, to negotiate with the authorities. Their refusal to attend negotiations stirred the workers’ anger, the building of the party’s county organization was attacked by the crowd and Ceausescu’s portrait was removed from the frontispiece and burned. The brutal intervention of Securitate forces determined the arrest and torturing of Anticommunist rioters. The Ceausescu regime deported 61 workers and transferred to other jobs 27 persons of the over 300 arrested.  To commemorate the anticommunist protest held over 27 years ago, over 1,000 Brasov dwellers attended a cross-country race organized on the itinerary used by the brave workers on November 15, 1987, to express their fury and revolt against Ceausescu’s oppressive regime.  The start of this symbolic race for Brasov was one of the gates of the Auto-Truck Factory. The route ended in the centre of the city and was 5 kilometre long.

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