Like every Eastern Bloc country, Romania had its own internal security service. Securitate
was founded in 1948 with the aim of "defending democratic achievements and guaranteeing
the safety of the Romanian People's Republic against the boycott of its internal and external
enemies". It carried out constant and periodic surveillance of Romanian citizens, assisted by
an agency network: between 1967 and 1972 it ranged from 83,000 to 118,000 people.
Securitate's fear-sowing attitude was universally hated by the public.