23 Dec. 1989
Bucharest, France (French Republic)
FILE PHOTO 23DEC89 - Soldiers fire at pro-Ceaucescu snipers during crossfire between pro-Ceaucescu troops and anti-regime supporters near the Republican square in Bucharest December 23, 1989. 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 Ceausescu's security forces, in what amounted to eastern Europe's most violent anti-communist revolution.