Poland: Braced for the Struggle

Workers turn to passive resistance as a weapon against martial law

Tanks will not make us work."

So vowed Solidarity Leader Lech Walesa 16 months ago, when asked about the danger of Soviet intervention. He was right, even though the last important strike or sit-in against Poland's three-week-old martial law regime ended at the Piast mine in Silesia last week when 1,100 weary and hungry workers decided to give up their demonstration after occupying their mineshaft for 14 days. But across Poland, a wave of passive resistance was beginning to swell. In Szczecin,...

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