In a previous article I wrote about the life I lived, about what it meant to me, the Revolution of December 89 being a child, and the fact that after years, due to the beatings, I lost my father when I needed him most.

Today I write about my sister, better said, although I know this story better than many others, I rewrite quoting what was recently published in the book “People. Power. Romania ”, available for all those interested in recent history. Among the life stories of over 150 peoples, writes and photographs in 320 pages. (Https://

“Nicoleta Giurcanu-Matei. Revolutionary. On the evening of December 21, 1989, at the age of 14, she took to the streets with her father and younger brother, in University Square in Bucharest, to demonstrate against the communist regime. She witnessed the erection of the first barricade at the Intercontinental. The three were arrested and taken to Circa 14 Militia, where they were severely beaten. Then they were taken to the Capital Militia, where they were severely beaten and investigated. In addition, at each entrance and exit of the Militia headquarters, they were hit by militiamen arranged like a corridor. In the morning, they were transferred to Fort 13 in Jilava, handcuffed. There they were separated from her brother and taken to a cell with only men. On the morning of December 22, Nicoleta Giurcanu was taken out of her cell and reunited with her brother in the yard. They were examined by a doctor who promised to release them in Union Square, but they were taken again to the headquarters of the Capital Militia and put to wait in a room where the two portraits of the dictatorial couple were displayed, along with nine other minors. One of the other children got up, slammed, and trampled on the painting with Nicolae Ceaușescu, which immediately generated extreme violence by the militia. They were all beaten, brought to their knees and forced to apologize to the painting for their gesture. They were then transported to a correctional school in the University Square area, an annex of the Militia, where the director of the juvenile delinquency center, to whom the children addressed “Mother Gabor”, had the older children in the center punished physically. The staff of the center subjected them to inhuman treatment: they were stripped, wet, beaten with sticks, forced to kneel and apologize to two other paintings representing the Ceausescus. Nicoleta Giurcanu was forced to move a pile of feces with her bare hands. Because a prostitute case should have been opened to justify her detention, and she was a virgin, the center’s doctor forced her to sleep dressed only in her underwear. He believes he escaped rape that night because gunshots were fired around the building. Their father, released on December 22, was the last to leave the prison, looking for them there. Beaten and tired, he returned home without children, went to look for them in the city and suffered a pre-infarction. Nicoleta and her brother were found by an uncle and taken out of the correction center by their mother only on December 23, after 6 pm. Nicoleta Giurcanu-Matei was able to speak publicly about them only after 2015. She is married to the son of a martyr of the Revolution and they have two children together. She is an active member of the “December 21 Association”. In 2018, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, appointed her by presidential decree in the National Council of the Institute of the Romanian Revolution of December 1989 (IRRD). A group of members of the National College of IRRD challenged the decree, arguing that the persons appointed to the College must be representative and recognized revolutionaries and hold this quality attested by revolutionary certificates. Since May 2019, he has participated in IRRD meetings, bringing to public attention and criminal investigation bodies possible illegal actions carried out by the president of the institute, Ion Iliescu, and the executive director, Gelu Voican-Voiculescu, in connection with the remuneration of the general secretary of the institution, Emilian Cutean. Later, during an IRDD board meeting, she was verbally assaulted and physically threatened. In December 2019, IRRD was abolished by Government Emergency Ordinance 91/2019, also argued by the fact that IRRD “ensured public positions financed from public funds for personal interests”. The Government’s decision was annulled by the Parliament in June 2020, without this generating the resumption of the institute’s activity. In 2020, Nicoleta Giurcanu-Matei found out the real name of the director of the correction school, who, aged 72, was retired and benefited from a special pension granted to former employees of the structures of the Ministry of Interior. “Cornel Brad


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