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February 5, 2023

25 years on from the 1989 bloody sacrifice: Memorial ceremonies pay tribute to the Revolution heroes, President Iohannis confers first decoration

The Ministry of National Defence organized on Monday several military wreath laying ceremonies at the monuments dedicated to the martyr-heroes of the December 1989 Revolution.
One quarter of a century after the Revolution, the Ministry organized memorial ceremonies paying tribute to the Revolution heroes in several Bucharest landmark spots: the Revolution Square, the headquarters of the Romanian Radio Corporation and the open-air crosses near the building of the Romanian Television Broadcasting Corporation.
Teodor Doru Maries, Bucharest revolutionary and president of the December 21 Association, told Agerpres that 25 years on from the 1989 bloody sacrifice, Romania looks “different for a lot of people.”
“I don’t know if it can look better for the families of the martyr heroes, because the truth has not been established and to the families who lost a child, a father, a mother, this is a source of great pain they can never find closure for – despite democracy having brought them a certain welfare – not before Romanian justice dues its duty to the end. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the surviving families, but our justice fulfilled its duty on this matter to an extent of maximum 10 percent,” he said.
Maries added that the day of December 22 is a landmark moment on the timeline of Romania’s history, but that along with the families of the Revolution victims, he deplores the fact that the truth has still not been brought to light.
He also said that a large-scale tribute event was organized on Sunday in University Square on behalf of the Association, where he laid a wreath and remembered the events of December 21, 1989.


Head of state lays a wreath of flowers at the University Square Monument


President Klaus Iohannis started his first day as Romania’s President laying  a wreath of flowers at the University Square Monument dedicated to the memory of the 1989 Revolution victims. The wreath carries the message “Eternal glory to the 1989 Romanian Revolution’s Heroes.” Also on Monday, President Iohannis will confer the National Order “Star of Romania” to  Octav Bjoza, President of the Association of Former Political Detainees in Romania, in a ceremony to be held at the Cotroceni Palace, starting 4:00 pm. “Today, December 22, twenty-five years since the collapse of the communist dictatorship, I will confer the first decoration during my term as Romania’s President. I have decided to confer the highest distinction of the Romanian state, the National Order “Star of Romania,’ to  Mr Octav Bjoza, President of the Association of Former Political Detainees in Romania, for the sacrifice and courage that he and people like him showed during the time of the dictatorship and also to keep alive the memory of the victims of communism,” Iohannis has written on Monday on Facebook.


President Iohannis evokes those “who sacrificed themselves so that we can feel this joy today”


President Klaus Iohannis on Sunday stated at the private reception given at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on the occasion of his being sworn-in as Romania’s President that ‘in history, things tend to almost never happen overnight’ and he evoked the moment of the Romanian Revolution from exactly 25 years ago, which ‘made possible this evolution that for many unexpected.’ In this context, the head of state invited his guests to keep a moment of silence to honour the memory of those who sacrificed themselves during the days of the Romanian revolution. Moreover, the newly-invested President of Romanian thanked everyone attending the reception on Sunday afternoon for ‘their contribution in making possible today.’ ‘Each and every one of you, everyone who is here right now, in this reception hall, you all brought your contribution, in your own way. I congratulate you for your success! My wife, Carmen, and I, we are very glad for this chance that we have to salute you from here, on the occasion of this event. However, nothing in history happens overnight. There are always things that happen and announce a certain evolution, there are always such events that anticipate the course of history. And I believe that, right now, and maybe even occasioned by this meeting of joy, it is good to remember that, exactly 25 years ago, the Romanian Revolution made possible this unexpected evolution for many but, also, I believe that it is good we remember the people who sacrificed themselves so that we can feel this joy today,’ said Iohannis at the reception. Moreover, the new President wished everyone present ‘Happy Holidays!’ ‘This is a very special time. We are close to the Christmas Day. And, no matter who we might ask with what sentiments we should wait for the Christmas Day, I believe that they will all say: with calm, peace and hope. And I believe that these words are also important for my tenure and I hope that it will prove to be much more than a mere coincidence that we are now here. What I have recommended today in my speech in Parliament was that we all should keep calm, which is why right now I want to wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the good in the world!’ said the President.


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