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Archive 1989: Romanian revolution

Following riots in Timisoara in December 1989 protesting against his regime, an increasingly desperate Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu addressed a huge rally in Bucharest, covered live by state television, in an attempt to quell the unrest. However, as John Simpson reports, his appearance only fanned the flames of revolution.

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