Sorin said that on the eve of the revolution…people in civilian clothes and carrying heavy bags began arriving [at the Hotel Parc in Arad] from Bucharest. “We knew they were police and that they were bringing guns…In the end that was where the sniping was from. (Harvey Morris, “Changing of the Guard for Doina Cornea,” The Independent (London), 15 January 1990) (I)
Posted by romanianrevolutionofdecember1989 on October 4, 2014
(purely personal views as always, based on two decades of prior research and publications)
The Dutch Nurse, Sister Roza, thinks Mr. Beres, who was shot in the foot on the night of 22 December 1989 in Brasov, was hit by a hollow-nosed dum dum bullet because of the nature of the wound (Harvey Morris, “When the workers of Romania said no,” The Independent (London), 13 January 1990)
Sorin said that on the eve of the revolution they were working over at the Park Hotel [Arad] which has a clear field of fire towards the army barracks. People in civilian clothes and carrying heavy bags began arriving from Bucharest. “We knew they were police and that they were bringing guns and we told the army but they took no notice. In the end that was where the sniping was from. The Manager of the Park was in on it. She’s called Sanda Kern and she took holidays every year in West Germany and had a foreign car. Her husband’s a barman at the airport. Do you know what she is doing now? She’s a member of the Arad National Salvation Front.”
Harvey Morris, “Changing of the Guard for Doina Cornea,” The Independent (London), 15 January 1990, p. 12.
The circumstance of firing from hotels into surrounding buildings and of individuals with obvious or likely “police” (i.e. active or former Securitate or Militia) ties carrying heavy bags to apartments or hotel rooms in December 1989 was not at all limited to Arad, as the example of Brasov makes clear:
Alin Alexandru, “Brasov: Linistea dinaintea macelului,” si “Ajutati-ma sa mor de moarte buna,” Expres, 1990.
Iesenii isi amintesc–cum pot sa uite?!–ca in zilele de 13 si 14 decembrie, toate caile de penetratie in Piata Unirii erau pazite de acele grupe de comando, care–s-a aflat–aveau si mitraliere, si tunuri de apa. S-a mai aflat, apoi, ca in podul Hotelului Traian erau montate alte mitraliere, iar baietii de la ‘Dinamoviada’ erau masati la etajele 1 si 2 din Hotelul Unirea. Cu lunete si pistoale-mitraliera. Generalul Olteanu, fostul secretar cu propaganda al C.C. venise la Iasi cu ofiteri superiori din Departmentul securitatii pentru anchete. Revoltator este ca anchetorii si batausii securitatii sint libera astazi…. (Vasile Iancu, “Sa nu uitam!,” Romania Libera, 14 decembrie 1990).