Poland: The Standoff in Victory Square

Neither the military regime nor Solidarity can find a way out

As Poles quietly marked the beginning of the eighth month of military rule last week, there were signs in Warsaw that some easing of martial law might be on the way. Rumors spread that the government of General Wojciech Jaruzelski planned, among other steps, to release all but 600 of the 2,300 prisoners still held, according to official count, in detention camps. At week's end the Communist Party hierarchy was reshuffled in the first major shake-up since martial law was declared...

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