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sound:  Ceausescus execution by firing squad (681K)-25 sec.
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Image: Members of the National Salvation Front broadcast from Romanian national television studio in Bucharest during the revolution to claim they are now leading the government. The flags in this photo, like those waved in the streets of Bucharest during the events of December 1989, have had the center emblems savagely cut out, to symbolize the overthrow of the Ceausescu regime. (credits: TV news footage acquired from anonymous Romania friends)

sounds of the Ceausescu's execution, Dec. 25, 1989. It is said that the execution squad was so nervous at the prospect of approaching Securitate forces still loyal to Ceausescu, that they shot the Ceausescus immediately after leading them outside, not giving the cameraman time to aim his camera. Although the sound of the machine gun fire was recorded, the cameraman could only manage to focus on the two corpses seconds after the gunfire ceased.(trial cameraman).
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