Poland: Freedom Call

The regime braces for trouble

"Free Walesa, or make it possible for him to speak as a free man." When Archbishop Jozef Glemp uttered those words from a balcony of the medieval monastery at Czestochowa last week, more than 350,000 worshipers burst into prolonged cheers and applause, many of them raising their hands in victory signs. The pilgrims had come from every corner of Poland to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the "Black Madonna," the Roman Catholic nation's holiest shrine. As the government prepared to clamp down this week on demonstrations to mark the second anniversary of the creation of...

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