Poland: A Risky Spring Offensive

The opposition comes out of hibernation, and the state responds with muscle

During the dark days after General Wojciech Jaruzelski's imposition of martial law last December, a defiant slogan appeared on walls and in underground publications: "The winter is yours, the spring will be ours." Last week, as tulips bloomed in Lazienki Park and the sun streamed down on the reconstructed facades of Warsaw's Old Town, thousands of Poles tried to turn that threat into a reality. Citizens who had chafed, sullenly and silently, under military rule for five months took to the...

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