Poland: Spring Fever

Solidarity shows signs of life

"The winter is yours, the spring will be ours." That defiant slogan, which symbolized the hopes of Poles in the bleak months following the imposition of martial law in December 1981 has not been forgotten. After another winter of inactivity, supporters of the outlawed Solidarity trade union gathered in Gdansk last week to show their opposition to the government. At best, however, the demonstration was an early harbinger of a spring that looks decidedly chilly.

Drawn by leaflets announcing a two-day protest, about 2,000 people turned up outside the Lenin shipyard, where the union was...

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