Poland: An Ominous Tremor in Gdansk

Tensions mount amid political and economic stalemate

When Lech Walesa stepped from the portal of St. Brigid's Church in Gdansk last week, carrying a bouquet of red and white carnations, the former Solidarity leader hoped to walk peacefully to the monument of three crosses half a mile away. It was the 14th anniversary of the food riots of 1970, in which dozens of Polish workers were killed by troops and police, and Walesa and some 3,000 followers planned to lay flowers and wreaths at the memorial erected in honor of the martyrs. Linking...

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