Monday, December 22, 2008

Former Romanian president jeered, pelted with eggs

AP

BUCHAREST, Romania — Crowds have thrown eggs, coins and jostled a former Romanian president at ceremonies marking the anniversary of the 1989 anti-communist revolt.

Demonstrators accuse Ion Iliescu of doing too little to investigate the deaths of more than 1,000 people in clashes 20 years ago.

The revolt resulted in the overthrow and execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Iliescu came to power following Ceausescu's ouster and was elected president three times.

Police spokesman Christian Ciocan said that authorities briefly detained a 79-year-old man who was suspected of hurling eggs and swearing at Iliescu at a ceremony on Monday. The man's son had died in the revolt.

Crowds also threw coins and shoved Iliescu as he laid a wreath for the victims on Sunday.

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