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20 years after the disappearance of Corneliu Coposu

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On November 11, 2015 is celebrating its 20 anniversary of the repose of one who was dubbed the "Lord" of Romanian policy. A few days before death, transmitted to radio releases from University Hospital about the State of health of the increasingly precarious his Principality were awaited with concern of many citizens, and the news that ceased in life has produced a strong sense of compassion. Thousands of people come from all over Bucharest or country, formed a heterogeneous crowd that filled the PNŢCD headquarters and adjacent streets, to bring a final homage and to pray at the catafalque disappeared. 
Although the political authorities have not approved the national popular participation, funerals at the funeral was impressive. In addition to the ordinary people, joined by cortegiului funeral cemetery started Catholic political leaders, personalities of public life, and on behalf of the Royal House of Romania, Anne and Princess Margaret. The big absentee was the King himself, who has not received the entry visa to the country of the Romanian authorities of that time.
Followers, but also political opponents acknowledged and sufferings endured by Corneliu Coposu for his political beliefs.
Born on 20 May 1914 in Bobota, Sălaj County, into a family whose forebears have helped national liberation struggle of Romanians, Saxons, based on the traditions of the school of Transylvania "and the membership of Greek-Catholic religion, Corneliu Coposu graduated in law and chose exile, reaching still young to hold important positions in the national peasants ' Party.
After coming to power of the Communists, Coposu, like his mentor and President of the PNŢ, Iuliu Maniu, is arrested, then through a prolonged period of detention policy. The pretext was the challenge of Communist authorities, therein lies the well-known phrase "from the Tămădău affair", in which they were arrested several leaders ţărănişti to flee abroad with the intent to ensure continuity of the party.
Although Coposu was not involved directly in "the Tămădău affair", was erected by the repressive organs on July 14, 1947, the same day as the other leaders who intenţionaseră to leave the country. There followed a long period of internment in labor camps or detention centers as they were: Kendrick, Popeşti Leordeni, Rahova, he was tortured. Originally the term internment, 24 months, was raised until 1955, when the Bucharest territorial High Court sentenced, by way of the 876/1955, 15-year-old heavyweight's detention for "intense activity against the working class." After the sentencing, was imprisoned in several prisons, including Craiova, Gherla, Aiud, Râmnicu Sărat. The last mentioned, where he spent many years, it was a real prison camp, where they found the end of many leaders, including ţărănişti and Ion Mihalache, former leader of the party.
After the 15 years of Atonement, Coposu was issued, on July 9, 1962, however, conforms, widely considered to be "dangerous", was arrest for 2 years from the ruble, a village in the Bărăgan founded by deportaţii in the West of the country. 
In 1950, three years after his arrest, his wife, Arlette, it shared the fate, being sentenced to 20 years of forced labour for "high treason" murder, following the acuzei of the Communists that "gave information to the French High Commission". Released in 1964, Arlette lived not much, being răpusă by an incurable disease.
After picking up the obligatory residence, Corneliu Coposu has earned a living by working until retirement as a technician on various construction sites. Although it has been permanently watched by Security, managed to become the nucleus of the PNŢ in undercover, which had been banned and dissolved by the Communists in 1947, the International Christian Democratic Alliance. 
After December 22, 1989, the settlement known as party of the national Christian Peasant Party and Democratic membership organisation, scoring above referred to. Elected President of the PNŢCD, Coposu becomes the undisputed leader of the right-wing opposition to coalesce the forces that opposed the National Salvation Front, the successor to the Romanian Communist Party.
The first years after 1989 have been extremely difficult for his political formation Coposu, who had to face the hostility of his supporters and NSF. The opposition, as a whole, passed, since 1990, through very difficult moments, miners and the boycott side of power.
In 1991, Coposu was elected leader of the Romanian Democratic Convention, an organization structured around 1735. Internationally his work of Coposu was recognized through the granting of stylized version the Legion of honor in the Grade of Officer by French President, intended to mark his attachment to European values.
After the demise of his Principality a huge public sympathy capital was transferred on the PNŢCD and CDR, contributing to the victory of the right-wing opposition in parliamentary and presidential elections in November 1996.
Corneliu Coposu has remained a benchmark in the history of the country since 1989, a leader who, with tenacity and intelligence managed to rehabilitate the ideas of opposition and democracy in Romania.