Unlike the other East European revolutions, the Romanian one was extremely violent. It resulted not only in the replacement of a
despised ruling family but in the dissolution of all party and government structures. But the drastic nature of these events is sadly consistent.
The magnitude of the collective decompression has been directly proportional to the amount of repression accumulated in more than forty years of “proletarian dictatorship.” Bereft of power and authority, the Communist party simply collapsed, ingloriously. The party had essentially disappeared the moment Ceausescu and his wife fled from the roof of the Central Committee building in Bucharest’s Palace Square on December 22, 1989.
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