POLAND: The Rule of Chaos

Stettin is an overcrowded, underemployed port on the Baltic Sea whose lusty waterfront population takes its politics with violence and vodka. Last week a cou ple of cops who tried to arrest a slaphappy vodka drinker touched off a political riot that had Wladyslaw Gomulka's new government in a nervous dither.

A group of young men who tried to separate the cops from the drunk were quickly joined by habitues of the Pod Jeleniem and Pod Gryfem bars and the Centralna and Magnolia cafes. Soon the Aleja Wojska Polskiego was crowded with 2,000...

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