December 18, 1989In Timisoara more people lose their lives, shot by the repression forces. Thousands others are imprisoned, and savagely beaten in the arrest by the militia and securitate forces.

Sorinel Daniel Leia, 22 years, shot in the head on the stairs of the Cathedral, Timisoara, December 18, 1989   Remus Tasala, 23 years, wounded in Market 700 Timisoara, Dec 17, 1989, shot in the head in the Timisoara Hospital the following night   Valentin Aparaschivei, 45 years, shot in the chest on Girocului Street, Timisoara, December 18, 1989   Alexandru Grama, 19 years, lightly wounded on Aradului Street, shot dead in the Timisoara Hospital, December 17, 1989

The romanian communist party sends its officials into the factories and workplaces of people, to justify the repression, explaining that Timisoara has been under the attack of hooligans and irredentists, enemies of the glorious socialism that the party is working hard to achieve for the good of the people. Tens of thousands of working people listen to the lies of the dictatorship’s representatives, but in their minds and hearts they all know The Truth. They know that there, in the street, it was their children, their parents, their wives, their husbands, who were beaten, shot, killed, for the only fault of having shouted Freedom! In the Design Office of Timisoara, one man stands up while the director speaks about the hooligans, and, in a gesture which petrifies his colleagues in the audience, he interrupts the director and speaks: “This is not true! It is all a lie!” The director, after a moment of shock, calls him a traitor. And as he says the words, gunfire is heard from outside, and Claudiu Iordache speaks again, pointing to the window: “This is the truth! There, in the streets, there are no hooligans, but Romanians who are asking for freedom! And if the Power had wanted to communicate with them, a way of dialogue might have been found, but its despise for the people has made the Power order fire and kill! It is not in hooligans that the repression forces are shooting now, it is in the ordinary people of Timisoara!

On December 18, 1989, Timisoara retreated in shelters to heal her wounds and count her missing and dead. Outside, gunfire was heard, in different areas of the city, all day long. But the worse was yet to come: something that will surpass in horror even the bloody actions of the two past days.

Following the direct order of Elena Ceausescu, at night, officers of the Securitate arrive at the County Hospital in Timisoara, and ask that the bodies of the dead are given to them. The doctors, paralyzed with fear, don’t dare to oppose their request. The Securitate men take 44 bodies of the people killed in the past two days, put them in the frigorific truck they had brought, and leave…

44 bodies of the heroes of Timisoara are taken to Bucharest, to the Cenusa Crematory. There they are thrown into fire and burned. The night of December 18 to December 19 the crematory functions without pause. And in the morning of December 19, the ash of the Martyrs is taken to a deserted place near Bucharest, and thrown into a gutter.

It was the supreme proof of the baseness of the two dictators, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu – their criminal order was horrifying, and announced what was to come, if history would follow their command: “Erase Timisoara from the surface of the earth!

Rodica Luca, 37 years, shot on the Girocului Street, Timisoara, December 17, 1989, burned at the Cenusa crematory   Maria Andrei, 25 years, shot in the head on Lipovei Street, Timisoara, December 17, 1989, burned at the Cenusa crematory   Leontina Banciu, 39 years, shot dead in the massacre on the Decebal Bridge, Timisoara, December 17, 1989, burned at the Cenusa crematory   Margareta Caceu, 37 years, shot in the head on Mihai Viteazul Bridge, Timisoara, December 17, 1989, burned at the Cenusa crematory

Radian Belici, 23 years, shot in the head in Market 700, Timisoara, December 17, 1989, burned at the Cenusa crematory   Dumitru Garjoaba, 24 years, wounded on December 17, 1989,  at the Cathedral, shot dead in the Timisoara Hospital the following night, burned at the Cenusa crematory   Mihai Apro, 31 years, shot in the lungs in Girocului Street, Timisoara, December 17, 1989, burned at the Cenusa crematory   Ioan Varcus, 15 years, shot in the chest near the Timisoara Cathedral, on December 17, 1989

The faces of Martyrs of the Timisoara Revolution. The criminal regime called them “hooligans, foreign agents, irredentists, enemies of the glorious socialism and of the romanian communist party”. They were shot in the streets, killed in the hospital, burned in the crematory, their ashes thrown into a gutter. The criminals are alive and well. They have never paid for their crimes.

The Repression 

Timisoara December 1989

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