Fed Up with the Food Fight

Forced to queue endlessly for supplies, the Poles are boiling

As Warsaw's bosses and leaders of the Solidarity union federation squared off for another possible showdown last week, millions of Poles waged their frustrating daily battle, waiting in lines up to half a mile long to buy food and basic necessities for their families. TIME Eastern Europe Correspondent Richard Hornik reports from Warsaw:

It is 4 a.m. The sun will not rise for almost three hours, but already the line has begun to form in front of the austere, dimly lit shop. A panel truck pulls up to the rear entrance, and two...

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