My name is Reginald Johnson, I am an American
journalist who travels to Romania every few years with my wife.
I wanted to write to you about something we are both concerned about and I hope
you will publish this letter. Thank you.
My wife and I travel to Romania occasionally and we always look
forward to visiting Revolution Square in Bucharest. The monuments such
as the Memorial of Rebirth and others which honor the more than 1,500
people who died during the 1989 Romanian Revolution, which overthrew the
brutal Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, are extremely moving and
So it was very upsetting when we visited a few months ago — at a
time of the 30th anniversary of the Revolution — to see that a number
of these monuments, including those with the names of the martyrs, have
been defaced with graffiti. This has spoiled one of the top tourist
attractions in Romania and dishonors those who gave their lives to
overthrow the oppressive communist regime and gain freedom for the
It is hard to know why anyone, even if they are young, would engage in
such disrespectful behavior.
It is also very dismaying that Bucharest city officials or other
government officials in charge of memorials have allowed this travesty
to occur. We have read that there is supposed to be security in this
area. But we saw none.
There should be security at all hours to watch these monuments. Anyone
caught defacing these structures should be punished or, if the culprits
are teen-agers, their parents should pay a heavy fine.
We hope that the appropriate government officials will take steps to
clean up these memorials, remove the graffiti and also make sure the
security is in place so that these wonderful monuments are protected.
Reginald and Adriana Johnson