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World IN BRIEF : POLAND : 8 Officers Arrested in 50 1970 Killings

December 18, 1990|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The military prosecutor's office has arrested three generals and five colonels in the 1970 Gdansk shipyard riots in which the army fired on demonstrators, killing more than 50. The names of the officers were not released. The deaths, which occurred during a wave of protests along the Baltic coast over high food prices, radicalized the Polish population and presaged the rise of the Solidarity union. Lech Walesa, leader of Solidarity in the 1980s, is now president-elect of the nation.

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