October 1, 1999 |
Miroslawa Glowacka, a nurse who is angry about hospital reforms, says she wouldn't bother to journey to Warsaw to join protests if her grievances could be solved by administrators in her central Polish city of Lodz. But the only way to win better working conditions--and improve patient care--is to get the national government to revise its health reform policies, she says.
August 29, 1998 |
Polish farmers angry about competition from foreign grain imports have been blocking roads in protest, and they're threatening to escalate their actions in mid-September if their demands are not met. But the government of Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek, concerned about Poland's international obligations and a future bid for European Union membership, is vowing not to cave in.
January 15, 1998 |
More than 1,000 young Poles clashed with police after the funeral of a 13-year-old basketball fan killed by an officer. The mourners, many from cities across Poland, threw rocks at riot police who tried to stop them from marching to the spot where Przemek Czaja was killed with a nightstick after a basketball game Saturday in Slupsk, 250 miles north of Warsaw. Police detained at least 50 people before the crowd dispersed. Young Poles have rioted nightly since Czaja died.
November 22, 1997 |
To the anguish of widows and the outrage of Solidarity leaders, a court presiding over the largest trial to stem from the 1981 Communist crackdown in Poland acquitted 22 riot police Friday of killing nine protesting miners. Cries of "Shame, shame" went up in the courtroom in the southern industrial center of Katowice when Chief Justice Ewa Krukowska announced that evidence was inadequate to prove the defendants' guilt.
March 15, 1997 |
Workers from the failed Gdansk shipyard took to the streets Friday for the third day running, burning tires and shouting anti-government slogans, in a campaign to save their jobs. Nearly 1,500 protesters gathered outside the provincial governor's office in the Baltic port city. Workers blamed the government, dominated by ex-Communists, for failing to rescue the shipyard--cradle of the Solidarity trade union, which led the overthrow of the old regime in 1989.
October 24, 1996 |
Maria Wilk has lived through turbulent times in Poland over the last two decades, but the demonstration outside All Saints Roman Catholic Church here Wednesday was the first to draw her into the streets. "I had to come for my own conscience, and I had to come for the sake of my children," said the mother of four, kneeling on the cold pavement in prayer. "I've always considered the commandment 'Thou shall not kill' something that cannot be interpreted in any other way."