Poland: Shaky Command for the General

As spot disorders spread, Jaruzelski struggles to restore order

The five blue police cars rolled into Katowice's bustling Market Square just after midday and surrounded a van. Its occupants: three members of the independent Solidarity trade union who were hawking what authorities later described as "antistate, anti-Soviet" materials. Their wares included gruesome photographs of the exhumed bodies of Polish officers killed in the Katyn forest during World War II in a massacre widely blamed on the Soviets. When the unionists refused to follow the officers to the local police station, agents broke the...

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