Photographer's Note

Service in memory of the young heroes who died 21 years ago in the anti-comunist and for freedom manifestations in many cities of Romania (like Timisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Brasov and Bucharest) on December 17th-21st 1989. (Vali Sterian song about events from December 1989)
Picture has been taken in University square in front of the former restaurant "Dunarea" (Danube), the very place where protesters tryied to create a baricade in the night of December 21st. All of them have either killed or arrested by communist police (Securitate) until 1 AM (night). Arrested people have been sent to a prison in the nearby of Bucharest, Jilava, and they have threatened and beaten by Securitate(political police) "specialists" until morning of December 22nd when the whole population of Bucharest went out and protested with fury against Ceausescu dictator. At this time Ceausescu run away cowardly by a helicopter, and the army and Securitate troops decided to be on the side of population.
That was the end of communist regime in Romania after more than 50 years of terror.
Unhappily on the next days , 22-26 December unknown snipers hidden in the old buildings of Bucharest killed randomly people from the streets. There was days of big terror. These so called "terorists" wasn't identified yet today, after 21 years this event.

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