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Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

The Hon. Bishop László Tőkés

The Honorable Bishop Tőkés has given over 20 years of leadership in Romania to rebuild the country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bishop Tőkés has called his fellow members of the European Parliament to condemn communism. The Bishop is famous for his heroic resistance against the Romanian secret police in 1989, which culminated in the outbreak of the Romanian Revolution: “In 1989 László Tőkés risked his life to challenge the power of Ceausescu, one of the most infamous communist dictators in Europe. Despite being unarmed and inexperienced in this confrontation, he possessed two superior weapons: an abiding faith in God and the moral conviction that by resisting tyranny, he could make it fall,” said Edith Lauer, Board Member of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Bishop Tőkés was awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom in 2009.