*Klaus Iohannis on Monday signed a decree awarding Octav Bjoza, the president of the Association of Former Political Detainees in Romania, the National Order Star of Romania, in rank of knight, for his fight against the communist regime
According to a release the Presidential Administration, the distinction was awarded “in sign of high appreciation for his ethics, dignity and courage he has showed when fighting for liberty and democracy, standing out as one of the most important fighters against the communist regime, for his efforts in the name of the Association of Former Political Detainees in Romania, to keep alive the memory of the victims of the communism.” The distinction was awarded at the proposal of President Iohannis, being the first one since he took over his presidential term.
During the awarding ceremony, President Klaus Iohannis said that his term will be one of respect for all our values and for the Romanian heroes and martyrs, informs Agerpres. “Today is a special day, it’s the first day of my mandate as President and the day we mark 25 years since the fall of the communist dictatorship,” Klaus Iohannis said, showing that Octav Bjoza fully deserves the highest decoration of the Romanian state. The head of state reiterated that “many things should change in Romania,” adding that Bjoza’s awarding is a living proof.
“It is the first decoration I award as president of Romania and therefore I wanted that it goes to you, symbolically, in the name of the Association of Former Political Detainees in Romania for several reasons,” Iohannis said, adding that his mandate will be a mandate of “respect for all our values and for the Romanian heroes and martyrs, because a nation can have no future if it has no respect for its past firstly.”
Klaus Iohannis stated that, in 25 years Romania has found few occasions to share the joy with these people who have fought communism and sacrificed their youth, their families, their future and their hopes.
Another reason why he has granted this award is, said the president, the fact that by this momentum he wishes to mark the beginning of a new chapter in our recent history, “a president who puts before all, the models in society,” and showed that the former political detainees are, certainly, landmarks of morality for the young generation.
“When only 20, Mr. Bjoza was arrested and jailed by the Securitate (political police – editor’s note) and unfairly sentenced to prison, being compelled to suffer years of detention in no less than 14 prisons; until 1989, he was continually persecuted by the communist authorities, yet this never hindered him to militate after the Revolution for the ideals of freedom and democracy,” Iohannis said.
According to the head of state, “this award recognises and honours the sacrifice and courage the women and men who have suffered and perished for freedom during communism and in the days of December 1989, have proven.”
“Communism was set through crimes and abuse and furthered to impose during its entire existence through terror and lie. For 45 years, the power was enforced by a group of privileged people, who have set an illegitimate regime, a regime that has limited the private property, has ruined the civil society, has banned the political parties, has changed by force the form of government, has ruined the free economy, has liquidated the traditional values, has persecuted the beliefs and religious practices and has abandoned Romania’s sovereignty,” president Iohannis underlined.
It is the Justice obligation to bring to law the communism, 1989 Revolution murderers
It is the right and obligation of the Justice to identify and bring to law the people who have committed murders during the communist regime or during the December 1989 Revolution, said on Monday president Klaus Iohannis.
“The fairest justice for a regime is the Romanian nation itself which, through the Romanian Revolution has declared the dictatorship guilty of the 45 years of poverty, humiliation and terror,” said Klaus Iohannis at the ceremony of awarding the president of the Association of Former Political Detainees in Romania, the National Order Star of Romania, in rank of knight, for his fight against the communist regime.
He underlined that these days 25 years since the Romanian Revolution are marked, and that numerous controversy in connection with this event still exist.
“These controversy won’t cease until the legal truth is revealed, as the historic truth will be undoubtedly the work of the historians. The Romanian society is not completely healed from the illnesses of the past. The fact that today there still exist people with their hands stained with blood, who have committed murders during the communist regime or during the Revolution and stroll freely in fact shows our incapacity as a society to find and punish the guilty. From this point of view, I believe it is the right and obligation of the Justice to identify and bring to law those who are guilty, be they torturers of the ’50s – ’60s or those who have committed murders and abuses at the Revolution,” Iohannis stated .
The ceremony was attended by 17 former political detainees, counting 300 years of condemnation
Finally, he wished the audience “Happy holidays and a better, happy New Year!” In his turn, Octav Bjoza said the award is a recognition of the merits of an entire social group who has fought against communism for justice, freedom, dignity, truth and ancestral faith. Octav Bjoza also said the distinction is “rewarding the fight and sacrifice of the former political and deported detainees of Romania.” He hailed Klaus Iohannis’s idea to set a museum of the crimes of communism in Bucharest.
The ceremony was attended by 17 former political detainees, who, according to Octav Bjoza, count for 300 years of condemnation, of which 115 years were served, informs Agerpres.