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Sighet Museum: Room 49 – 1956 – The Student Movements in Romania

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Sala 49For the communist bloc, the year 1956 was marked by the Hungarian uprising, repressed through the brutal intervention of Soviet troops. Echoes of this anticommunist movement were felt in all the eastern-bloc countries. In Romania, it was students who were the first to react. Protests took place in some university centres resulting in numerous arrests and expulsions. The best-organised student movement was in Timişoara, where two thousand arrests were made. But in Bucharest and Cluj organised groups were also set up, which tried to make common cause with the anti-communist movement in Hungary. The authorities’ reaction was immediate: students were arrested or expelled from university, some teachers were dismissed, and new student associations were established to supervise student activities.