Poland: Candles in the Night

With sanctions and symbolic gestures, the West supports the Poles

The leaders of the Western world were preoccupied with a common question last week: How should they respond to the Polish government's declaration of martial law and crackdown on the independent trade union movement Solidarity? In a Christmas address to the American people, President Reagan proposed a number of economic sanctions against Poland and one sweeping, symbolic gesture of support. Recalling that the Polish people were demonstrating their opposition to martial law by placing lighted candles in their windows, the President declared he would light...

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