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Civic Activities


The Anticommunist Resistance (1985-1989)

During the last years of the communist regime he initiates and coordinates anticommunist resistance activities. Thus he gathers and organizes groups of young persons, promoting, especially in students' environment, Romanian cultural landmarks and values that were otherwise forbidden or isolated during the communist regime. He frequently meets with one of the most prestigious groups of intellectuals of those times, formed around the philosopher Petre Tutea, well-known and strong opponent of the communist regime. Stays close to cultural personalities such as George Munteanu, Ioan Alexandru, Dumitru Stãniloae, Ernest Bernea a.o.

He also organizes debates and workshops promoting subjects and themes frequently censored or approached by forbidden authors during the communists years, such as: Nicolae Iorga, Nae Ionescu, Mircea Vulcãnescu, Mircea Eliade, Dumitru Stãniloae, Ernest Bernea, Emil Cioran, Petre Tutea a.o.

During the period 1988-1989 is repeatedly arrested and interrogated, being mostly targeted for "Christian propaganda, hostile to the Marxist and Leninist ideology". The main accusation brought to him is being a disciple of Petre Tutea. Despite de pressure and threats, he refuses to collaborate with Securitate (the communist political police).


The December 1989 Revolution

Actively participated at the December 1989 Romanian Revolution.
Was one of the first members of the "21st December" Association together with Lucian Mihai, Dragos Pâslaru, a.o. who were also active participants at the anticommunist demonstrations from 21-22 December 1989. He is presently not involved in any way in the activity of the Association with this name, which radically differs as membership and public representation from the Association founded in December 1989.
Did not accept and does not own a "revolutionary certificate" and publicly stated his disapproval towards the course of action taken by the authorities after the Revolution - granting privileges to a large number of persons as an alleged "reward" for their participation (often not proven) at the popular revolt from December 1989.


The Students' League (1989-1991)

In December 23 1989 he establishes the National Association “Students' League”, becoming its first President and remaining on this position until his graduation in 1991.

In this capacity he organizes numerous civic activities, often militating for the reconstruction of the Romanian society, for democratic values and for a law based state, for protecting the citizens fundamental liberties and rights.

Was the main coordinator of the University square demonstration (April - May 1990) and of the national students' strike from December 1990.
From March 1991 was appointed Honorific President of the Students' League.


The University Square (1990)

He initiated and coordinated the students' demonstration from the University Square. The demonstration was intended and also implemented as peaceful and non-violent, Marian Munteanu being the main promoter of a non-violent civic attitude in post Revolution Romania.

He was the most prominent leader of the anticommunist protests from 1990 that were violently terminated by the miners' intervention during the Petre Roman Government and Ion Iliescu's Presidency. Perceived by the political power of that time as a possible threat, mainly due to his popularity and the sympathy he gained during the University Square demonstrations, he was arrested on June 13th 1990, released during the same afternoon and then held captive and brutally beaten on the morning of June 14th, 1990, in the University headquarter building, by the miners coordinated by the law enforcement contingents and the central state establishment representatives. Was transported at the hospital in critical condition (clinic death) and then was again arrested abusively and held as political prisoner at Jilava.

He was released after two months of detention, as a result of national and international pressure. Political personalities as well as representatives of prestigious international organizations generated a powerful international reaction. During the same time, on a local level, hundreds of thousands of persons marched peacefully for his release in Bucharest and in other major cities - the Bucharest March was called "the White March" and was held on July 13th 1990.


The Civic Alliance (1990)

In December 1989 he participated at founding the Civic Alliance and was elected the association's first President. Shortly after this appointment, being in obvious disapproval with the majority of the Board of Directors members (dominated by GDS - The Group for Social Dialogue, a controversial leftish association from Bucharest), he resigned and withdrew altogether from the Alliance. Afterwards, the Civic Alliance would become a political party and an annex to the political system, practically disappearing from the public life.


The Movement for Romania (1992-1995)

After the new democratic Constitution was adopted (November 1991), Marian Munteanu founded a Cultural-Political Youth Organization called "The Movement for Romania" and having a national-democratic ideological orientation. This organization had a short active period (1992-1995).

The Movement intended to implement a program of selecting and preparing young persons, in order to sustain a healthy process of refreshing the political class. One of the main features of the movement was having as promoting criteria professional competency and professionalism. One of the organization goals was to later establish a political party of national-democratic ideological orientation, a doctrine formulated and sustained by Marian Munteanu, starting from the old model first proposed by Nicolae Iorga (in Romania, during the 20s) and barring influences from Western political parties. An outstanding element (but highly criticized by the politicians of those times as "elitist" and even "extremist") was introducing the political competency examination as a condition to join the Movement. The only high profile leaders who showed understanding and saluted the initiative of this new organization were two highly respected political personalities: Corneliu Coposu and Alexandru Bârlãdeanu.

This was rapidly followed by a concerted and very well instrumented denigration campaign. It became clear by that time that the association initiative would be rejected by the great majority of the political parties which, lacking an electoral pool in the youth target sector, perceived this initiative as a potential strong competitor. The denigration campaign went as far as formulating official "extremism" accusations against the association. SRI (Romanian secret service) and the Attorney General Office initiated an enquiry at the request of those handling the denigration campaign. Obviously, the result of the enquiry clearly pointed out that there was no trace of "extremism" in the association structure and instruments but by that time it was already too late. The political parties had reached their goal by labeling the association in the public eye and opinion, and by successfully inducing a public opinion attitude of doubt and mistrust, on the national, and most importantly, international arena.

Lacking any significant means of promptly addressing the public opinion, being practically banned from all media, and also lacking material resources (the great majority of the association members were students or young graduates without any substantial income or other material support), the association ceased to activate in 1995.


The Economic and Social Dialogue (1999-2006)

After 4 years of actively being involved in economic activities (1995-1999) Marian Munteanu is elected Vice-president of the National Confederation of the Romanian Employers' Organization (CNPR). He represents the organization (1999-2006), as a member of the Social Dialogue Committees, in the tripartite dialogue, in areas coordinated by the Ministries of Education, Culture and Labor. In this capacity he represents Romania, in 2000, at the International Labor Congress from Geneva. In 2000 he was also elected Vice-president of the General Romanian Industrialists Union (UGIR); in this capacity he was delegated to attend the International Congress of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists (Vilnius, 2000 as well as Moscow, 2001) and was member of CIII Council.


The League for Cultural Unity of Worldwide Romanians (from 2000)

Starting with 2000 he has been participating at the activities organized and coordinated by the League.


Euxinus Foundation (from 2003)

In June 2003 he founded the Euxinus Foundation, an NGO activating in cultural and humanitarian areas. In this capacity he has been participating at various activities focused on promoting and supporting strong moral values as well as the inter - confessional laic dialogue on the international arena.


Other organizations

Along the years he was also, for short periods of time, member of some other associations and organizations without being actively involved in their activities: The Cultural Union "Vatra Românească", The Association of Romanian Journalists, The Forum for Science and Reforms - FORS a.o.



Iasi, 25-28 May 1989, at the
"Eminescu" Students' Conference
The Membership Card for the 21
December Association, Bucharest
The students' demonstration from the University Square, April-May 1990
Demonstrations militating for the release of Marian Munteanu, who was held at Jilava prison. The demonstrations were organized by students from Iasi, Bucharest (The White March, July 13 1990) and Cluj-Napoca
September 1990, a Students'
League debate
A dedication given by the poet
and Professor Ioan Alexandru
"The Way of the Cross" - 1992
Together with The Patriarch Teoctist,
at the Students' League Congress,
May 1999
Guests of honor at the Students' League
Congress (October, 2000):
The Right Reverend Teodosie Snagoveanul,

Prof. Univ. dr. Eugen Simion,
the President of the Romanian Academy,
Prof. Marian Munteanu, Assoc. Prof. Univ.

Rãzvan Bobulescu, President of "Alma Mater"
Federation and Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu,
President of AFDPR
The tripartite Romanian delegation (Government - Employers Organizations - Trade Unions) at the International Labor Conference - Geneva, May 2000
Marian Munteanu - representing the Romanian Employers' Organizations
With Frank Wolf,
USA Congressman
With Boris Traikovski,
President of Macedonia
With Fatmir Mediu,
the Albanian Minister of Defense
With Vuk Draskovici,
Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister
With His Holiness Abuna Paulos,
The Patriarch of Ethiopia and His
Excellency Elias Seid Mohammed,
the Leader of the Ethiopian
Islamic Community
With Alfred Moisiu,
President of Albania
With Doug Coe
Marian Munteanu at an event organized by the League for Cultural Unity of Worldwide Romanians,
together with Academy member Grigore Vieru, Dr. Victor Crãciun and Reverend Father Deacon Nicu Octavian, Patriarchy Counselor
With Academy Member Mihai Cimpoi,
President of the Moldavian Writers
Union, Serafim Urecheanu, Chisinew
Mayor and Victor Crãciun
Unveiling the memorial plaque
at the Holy Monastery of Putna,
together with His Eminence Teofan
The memorial plaque
from the Holy Monastery of Putna

Civic Activities
The Anticommunist Resistance (1985-1989)
The December Revolution 1989
The Students' League (1989-1991)
The University Square 1990
The Civic Alliance (1990-1991)
The Movement for Romania (1992-1995)
The Economic and Social Dialogue (1999-2006)
The League for Cultural Unity of Worldwide Romanians (din 2000)
Euxinus Foundation (2003 - present)
Other Organizations
Political Activities
Political Affiliation
The Movement for Romania
Party of Romanians' National Unity (PUNR) - The National Alliance
Economic Activities
Assets (Statement)
References
 Marian Munteanu