POLAND: Shipyard Strike

Tide of protest engulfs Gdansk

Ten years ago, violent food price riots broke out in the grimy Baltic seaport of Gdansk, spread rapidly to other regions and threatened to sweep the country. The government's brutal response left hundreds of workers dead and forced the resignation of Communist Party Leader Wladyslaw Gomulka. His successor, Edward Gierek, had good cause to reflect upon those events last week. The workers of Gdansk were up in arms again: 16,000 angry employees of the Lenin Shipyard went on strike and occupied the sprawling complex. They were soon joined by bus drivers and workers at some 17...

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