World: Fervent Unity, and a Ban on Vodka

At every shop and factory, red-and-white Polish flags fluttered in the faint breeze off the Baltic Sea, giving Gdansk the festive look of a holiday. But traffic was only a trickle of the normal midday rush. At high noon on a working day, the streets were almost empty of people. The only crowd converged on the Lenin Shipyard, the center of the strike and the focal point of the nationwide crisis. TIME Eastern Europe Correspondent Barry Kalb visited the strike scene:

The workers of Gdansk have taken possession of their own city, in defiance of everything the world knows as Communism. Bakeries,...

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