Poland: The General Wins a Battle

Jaruzelski swiftly puts down the protest against the banning of Solidarity

It was a makeshift sign hanging over the entrance to the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, but the message in black letters was plain and specific: SOLIDARITY LIVES. Three days before, Poland's parliament had passed a law formally abolishing the independent trade union, yet, as the simple banner at the union's Baltic birthplace made eloquently clear, Solidarity supporters were not yet ready to bury all the aspirations and hope that had been inspired by the reform movement, however powerful the suasions and muscle...

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