Interesting to see how the Russian protest plays out over conscription. Odd things happen in gatherings with tyrants. Jan 6 was one. But Romania 1989 was one Putin will know well.
President Ceaucescu of Romania ran a ferocious government for many years. Crushed any sign of dissent. In November 1989 he was re-elected President for another 5 years as his supporters at Party Conference gave him multiple standing ovations.
On December 12 1989 the President was disturbed by a small uprising in Timisoara and so he was persuaded to address a public rally in Budapest.
One solitary man in the crowd, Nica Leon, sick of Ceausescu, started shouting in favour of the revolutionary stand in Timasoara.
The crowd around him, obedient as ever, thought that when he shouted “long live Timisoara!” it was some new political slogan. They started chanting it. It was only when he went “down with Ceaucescu” that they realized something wasn’t right. Terrified, they tried to force themselves away from him and dropped the banners they’d been carrying. In the crush the banner batons were snapped underfoot and women started screaming. The ensuing panic sounded like booing.
The unthinkable was happening.
Ceaucescu stood there on the balcony ludicrously frozen in uncertainty, his mouth opening and shutting. Even the camera shook.
Then the head of security walked swiftly across the balcony towards him and whispered “They’re getting in”. It was clearly audible on the open microphone and was broadcast over the whole country on live national radio.
That was the start.
Within a week Ceaucescu was dead.