Romanian revolution flag 1989

Contributed by Robert Wheatley

Romanian revolution flag 1989

The revolutionary flag was created by cutting the despised communist coat arms arms from the national flag. The media coverage of the event showed the revolution spreading across the country. Anti-Ceausescu groups were readily identified by the "empty flags". The act of cutting a hole in the former flag shows the popular power that can be gained through simple and readily identifiable symbolism. The removal of the communist part demonstrated the rejection of the government without losing the national identity in the tricolour.

Nicolae Ceausescu had created a repressive regime that fostered a cult of the personality. He had completely lost touch with the reality of every day life for the majority of the country and had come to believe his own propaganda.

The collapse of the dictatorship showed the fragility of the system, when oppressed peoples rise up against it
and the hubris that can exist when a leader is not accountable to the population.

The flag was given as a gift to me in May 1990 and came from the mayor's office in Botosani.

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Romania, Botosani

Culture
Period

December 1989

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90cm
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127cm
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