Poland: Recantation

A fugitive union leader gives up

Midway through the evening news, a bearded, balding man dressed in a T shirt and denim jacket appeared on TV screens. Hunched over a prepared text, his eyes averted from the camera, Solidarity Activist Wladyslaw Hardek, 36, explained that he had decided to come out of hiding and lake advantage of the amnesty that General Wojciech Jaruzelski had offered when he lifted martial law last July. "Observing the situation in Poland, I came to the conclusion that the road that we followed and that we thought at the beginning was the right one brings...

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