The pock-marked buildings of Bucharest are scrawled with slogans like "Hitler, Stalin, Ceausescu" and "Down with Ceausescu and his clan."
Romanians and relief workers crossing into Hungary Saturday told of horrific scenes they witnessed in the town of Timisoara, where a bloody crackdown on demonstrators last weekend sparked the current revolution in Romania.A Romanian banker, Wilhelm Vaslag, 21, said one grave in the Transylvanian town of Timisoara contained at least two dozen bodies stripped of their clothing. All had been cut open down the chest, perhaps by bayonet, "like a very clumsy autopsy," he said.
Vaslag said that people in Timisoara, in western Romania where the rebellion began a week ago, no longer mourned their dead. There were too many, he said, and the living felt now they had nothing to lose.
He recalled how the massacre continued Friday, even after the overthrow of Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu.
"On Friday evening, there were many drunk people in Timisoara," he said. They were celebrating Ceausescu's fall from power.
But after night fell, as people gathered in front of the Timisoara Opera House, unknown gunmen began to fire into the crowd. There were snipers on rooftops around the square, Vaslag said.
Hungary, meanwhile, sealed its border with Romania after the Hungarian Red Cross said pro-Ceausescu forces ambushed medical relief convoys delivering aid to massacre victims in villages just over the Romanian border.
Czech medical relief workers leaving Romania spoke of the chaos they witnessed in Timisoara.
The relief workers said they had driven their five ambulances crammed with medical supplies into Timisoara Friday. One doctor told how hospital workers there had to treat patients with "one eye on the patient and one on the window."