oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Amnesty means oblivion : the politics of "pardon" in post-communist Romania

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



In 2001, under the initiative of Romania's President in office Ion Iliescu, a bill was proposed that polarised public opinion: the bill promised amnesty to those involved in the violent episodes of the 1989 Revolution, in the inter-ethnic conflicts of March 1990, which surfaced in the Transylvanian city of Tîrgu Mureş or in the famous of 1990 and 1991, the so-called "miner riots", events that took place in Bucharest, the country's capital, and damaged considerably the fragile display of democratic life emerging in the first two years of post-Communist rule.

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