Poland: Sparks, But No Flames

A raid on striking firemen sends tempers rising

Like a large, lumbering bird, the Polish army helicopter hovered for a moment over the startled crowd that had assembled outside Warsaw's Fire Fighters Academy. A few seconds later, the chopper disgorged on the academy roof a unit of riot police that swiftly vanished into the building. As the helicopter flew off to pick up reinforcements, hundreds of helmeted militiamen entered the academy's side gate. The 300 men holed up inside quickly surrendered and were marched out of the building by a back exit.


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