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sound: Elena protests binding of hands (1.02M)
"Child, don't tie me!"
photo: Elena Ceausescu's hands are bound

Image: Following the trial, A soldier ties Elena Ceausescu's hands as she struggles and protests loudly. The captor holds Elena's wrist so the camera can record the expensive gold bracelet she is wearing, evidence of the Ceausescu's living like royalty while the people suffered under their harsh economic policies. (credits: trial cameraman). more about this image

Soldiers with guns surround Nicolae and Elena and begin to tie their hands behind their backs to lead them outside to be executed; they protest loudly and struggle. Elena screams "Do not tie me up! What are you doing here? You don't have the right to tie me up. Child do not do this to me! Don't you listen? Stop touching me. Haven't you heard? What are you doing?" Nicolae tells Elena "Relax. Leave it be." "Let me go!" screams Elena. Let my hands go!" Nicolae shouts "How do you have the right to do this?" (Dec. 25, 1989) (credits: trial cameraman)
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