Romania on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and government opponents used the occasion to demand that the current leaders resign.

More than 1,000 protesters held a peaceful demonstration in Bucharest. There were no reports of major disturbances elsewhere.In emotional ceremonies held throughout Bucharest, government and parliament officials laid wreaths of flowers and consoled those whose relatives were among the 1,039 people who died in the revolution.

Most of the victims were young people, and bereaved parents gathered throughout the city center, clutching funeral candles in stony silence beside plaques displaying pictures of their dead loved ones.

There were similar scenes in Timisoara - where the revolution began - and in other Romanian cities, including Cluj, Tirgu Mures, Buzau and Sibiu.

President Ion Iliescu attended a ceremony held at Bucharest's Heroes Cemetery, the main burial spot of those killed in the capital by police and army bullets one year ago.

Premier Petre Roman took part in a similar ceremony in Palace Square, in front of the former Communist Party Central Committee building.

On Friday, 15,000 demonstrators gathered in the square to commemorate the revolution, but they also used the occasion to criticize the present government.