Poland: Calling for Freedom

Workers, intellectuals and clergy denounce the excesses of martial law

The 3,000 Poles who jammed into St. John's Cathedral in downtown Warsaw last week had come to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. What they witnessed, along with the Mass, was one of the most courageous displays of free speech since martial law was declared on Dec. 13. Archbishop Jozef Glemp, the spiritual leader of Poland's 33 million Roman Catholics, mounted the carved oak pulpit to attack the excesses of General Wojciech Jaruzelski's military regime.

Glemp branded as "unethical" and "invalid" the government's demands that...

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