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Romania / Fighting / Ceausescu #120217

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 22, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Violence developing out of demonstrations in Romania against the dictatorship of President Nicolae Ceausescu featured; scenes shown from Romanian TV; details given of reports that a new coalition will take over rule. Arrest of president's son Nicu Ceausescu noted. Security forces recalled firing on demonstrators last weekend in city of Timisoara, Romania; scenes shown of mass graves. Cult of personality surrounding Ceausescu described; details recalled of West's courting of this Communist leader; various scenes shown from his political career. Life in Romania reviewed; repressive nature of government rule noted. USSR parliament delegation shown applauding news from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that Ceausescu had been arrested. Stmt. from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater about events in Romania quoted.

Jennings, Peter

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