27 Dec. 1989
Bucharest, France (French Republic)
FILE PHOTO 27DEC89 - A student tends a small shrine in the middle of the main street outside Bucharest university watched by an old woman December 27, 1989. The cross decorated with roses and bread marks the spot where students were killed by forces loyal to former President Ceaucescu. This month Romania celebrates in subdued mood 10 years since the violent uprising, during which the country's communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled and shot on Christmas Day, 1989. More than 1,000 Romanians were killed across Romania during clashes between demonstrators and Ceaucescu's security forces, in what amounted to eastern Europe's most violent anti-communist revolution.