Poland: Defiance in the Streets

Tear gas, Molotov cocktails and bullets mark Solidarity's second birthday

It was a day of rage, violence and bloodshed, and it proved again that Solidarity and the spirit the union embodied were far from cowed. In cities and towns across Poland, demonstrators turned out by the tens of thousands last week to commemorate the birth in 1980 of the now suspended Solidarity.

Government forces responded with barrages of tear gas, crippling blasts from mobile water cannons and, in the southwestern town of Lubin, a lash of bullets that left at least two workers dead...

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