the domination of communism in the world
The upheaval in Romania was the bloodiest during the so-called autumn of the peoples of the
entire Eastern Bloc. More than 1,100 Romanians were killed during the fighting and
Ceaușescu was the only communist dictator to be tried and executed. His death, however, did
not end the influence of the communists in Romania. Iliescu opposed decommunization and
used miners to suppress the protests. He ceased to be President in 1996 but was re-elected
four years later. His post-communist Social Democratic Party is still an important political
force in Romania.