Eastern Europe: Short Supplies, Short Tempers

Short Supplies, Short Tempers

Political reform does not necessarily put food on the table, as Bulgarians and Romanians are learning. In Sofia last week, several hundred rioters stormed, ransacked and torched the headquarters of the ruling Socialist Party, the former Communists. That triggered a protest by thousands of police, who demanded the resignation of incompetent commanders and a more independent force.

The anti-Communist rioters' anger was sparked in part by the government's failure to remove the hated Communist red star from the roof of the party building, but the flames were stoked by the government's inability to cope with a depressed economy and the prospects...

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