President Klaus Iohannis will declare the year 2019 as the “Year of commemorating the victims of communism,” within a public ceremony that will take place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, in the context of commemorating 30 years since the Romanian Revolution of December 1989, a Presidential Administration release informs.
According to the quoted source, this event will mark the debut of a series of activities included in President Klaus Iohannis’s programme, which will be carried out throughout this year.
“At 30 years after the bloody Revolution of 1989, President Klaus Iohannis believes that it’s a priority to correctly assume the traumatic past, to condemn the abuses and crimes of the communism, as well as to strengthen democracy. Thus, in the year that marks three decades since the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe, President Klaus Iohannis underscores the importance of the sacrifice to defend the democratic values and the human rights, and honors the memory of those who fought for freedom against the dictatorial regime, with an important component on the Revolution of December 1989,” the Presidential Administration release shows.
The solemn ceremony called “30 years since the Romanian Revolution of December 1989. 2019 -The year of paying homage to the victims of communism” will be attended by former political prisoners, anti-communist dissidents, revolutionaries, descendants of the families of martyr heroes of December 1989, representatives of central public authorities, representatives of civil society, as well as journalists.
“President Klaus Iohannis believes that such a programme commemorating those who sacrificed themselves in the name of the values which govern today’s society, can help build the memory of a strong society, based on equality and fairness, but also helps educating youngsters in the spirit of declaring a culture of liberty, the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law and pluralism,” the quoted source mentioned.
Tariceanu criticises event dedicated to December 1989 Revolution: Maximum desperation. Cotroceni Palace Revolution commemoration ceremony uses emotional elements for electoral gains
After the Presidency announced that 2019 will be declared “The year of paying homage to the victims of communism,” ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated that the President is pushing forward the anniversary of the Revolution by 210 days, precisely before the elections, which is new proof of maximum desperation at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
“After he sent to Sibiu a large international summit that should have taken place in the Capital, the President decides to push forward the anniversary of the Revolution precisely by 210 days, and just before the European elections. It’s obvious that the stake can be no other than to use for electoral purposes emotional elements such as the removal of communism, the sacrifice of the martyrs and finding freedom again. It’s no surprise that the son of great dissident Doina Cornea has already expressed his shock and refusal in what concerns the presidential initiative, and the revolutionaries’ associations are in maximum confusion. New proof of maximum desperation at the Cotroceni Palace.”