Hopes That Rose With Revolution Fade With Violence With AM-Romania, Bjt
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Viorel Budulacu, beaten up during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, says he suffered more than cuts and bruises. He also lost his idealism.
″The only chance is to defect - flee from Romania,″ said the 25-year-old student.
Like many students who helped spearhead the December revolution that toppled Nicolae Ceausescu, Budulacu said he has lost faith in President-elect Ion Iliescu.
Iliescu and his National Salvation Front won the May 20 elections but the protesters say they are continuing Ceausescu’s repressive policies.
Budulacu, a sophomore at Bucharest Polytechnic, was one of 367 people hurt since police broke up a 53-day-old peaceful anti-Communist protest at downtown University Square on Wednesday.
That action touched off fierce street violence that claimed five lives when security forces opened fire on crowds attacking them.
Iliescu called for help in quelling the anti-government demonstrations, and thousands of coal miners responded by pouring into the capital and brutally beating anyone they suspected of being an opponent of the government.
Marius Dinu, 22, an architecture student and University Square protester, told reporters at the Emergency Hospital on Friday he has no hope left for Romania.
″I don’t know what’s awaiting me. I would like to leave the country for good ... and forget all about the hopes the revolution has given me,″ Dinu said.
Dinu was hospitalized after being clubbed, punched and kicked by miners Thursday morning in the School of Architecture on the square.
″They threw us on top of each other into a moaning pile,″ he said.
Emergency Hospital director Mihai Ciuta told a news conference Friday that 48 of the 236 injured people treated at his facility since Wednesday morning remained hospitalized, most with multiple injuries.
Marian Munteanu, president of the Students’ League and one of the leaders of the anti-government protest, has a fractured skull and broken left leg and arm, Dr. Horia Georgescu said.
Munteaunu, speaking from the emergency ward, said he believed Iliescu’s rule was doomed to fail.
″I wouldn’t like to be in Iliescu’s place. I believe in God and one day we will all have to answer God’s questions for whatever we have done,″ he said.
″It’s a long way to democracy,″ said Munteaunu, close to tears. ″You are now watching a growing dictator.″
Iliescu was shown on state television Friday night thanking the miners ″with all my heart″ for defending his government.
Marius Dobrescu, beaten by paramilitary police when he and other demonstrators stormed the state television building, is now in intensive care. He said he also wants to leave Romania.
″I am sorry I survived Ceausescu’s times and I find myself wanting to leave the country again,″ Dobrescu said.