Romanians mark 21 years since the bloodiest miners’ outbreak on June 13-15 in Bucharest. Over 1,000 people were hurt and hundreds arrested following the events in June 1990, marked by a violent clash between miners and protesters in University Square. The official death toll was six but associations of miners’ victims claim that the number was higher. On June 12 authorities intervened in force to scatter protesters that have been in the University Square for 52 days.
Former President Ion Iliescu has summoned all miners to gather around the government and public television to fight against the protesters. On June 15, thousands of miners were gathered at Romexpo where President Iliescu thanked them for doing their civic duty.