The Archive of the Romanian Revolution of December 1989

A Catch-22 December 1989, Groundhog-Day Production. Presenting the Personal Research & Scholarship of Richard Andrew Hall, Ph.D.

“Ceausescu’s forces fired lethal dum-dum bullets” (11 January 1990, Joby Warrick, UPI)

Five Romanians wounded in pro-democracy demonstrations in Bucharest and Timisoara arrived in Marseille, France, Wednesday for treatment of wounds received from dum-dum bullets, a particularly lethal bullet that explodes on impact and which is outlawed under international rules of war.  The five arrived aboard a French Air Force plane and were hospitalized.  Dr. Richard Domergue, a health service official, said the four men and a woman ages 20 to 35 were “hit by dum-dum bullets provoking large wounds and are suffering from serious functional problems but nothing life-threatening.”  Dum-dum bullets were outlawed at a laws of war convention at The Hague, Netherlands.  Domergue said they apparently were shot by Securitate secret police. (Joby Warrick, United Press International, 11 January 1990, The Indianapolis Star, p. 3)

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