Poland: Getting Tough

A new round of harassment

In the doublespeak jargon of Poland's military bosses, it was called Operation Calm. The two-day police sweep, as described in the government press last week, netted 145,000 curfew violators and other petty miscreants. Out of that group, 99,000 were "warned," 29,000 "lectured" and 7,000 fined on the spot. Some 3,900 people were hauled into police stations.

The stated purpose of the roundup was to test the effectiveness of the martial law rule, imposed on Dec. 13 by General Wojciech Jaruzelski. The result, admitted the national press agency PAP,...

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