Gdansk and Gdynia, two towns in the northern coastal strip of Poland reported to be troubled with street fighting, have been involved in the border disputes between Germany and Poland for generations.
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Background: Gdansk and Gdynia, two towns in the northern coastal strip of Poland reported to be troubled with street fighting, have been involved in the border disputes between Germany and Poland for generations.
Polish troops claimed on Wednesday night (16 December) to have re-established control in three northern Polish cities - Gdansk, Gydnia and Sopot - after a wave of violent streets fighting believed to have been sparked off by sharp rises in food and fuel prices.
An official broadcast from Warsaw said that six people were killed in the clashes, and many injured. Other reports said more than a hundred and fifty police were injured.
A night curfew was imposed "to protect life, and to ensure peace and public order." Reports reaching the West said public buildings were set on fire and cars, trucks, stores and shops destroyed. Police and troops were given orders to fire, and tanks and water cannot were employed.
The price increases, coupled with reductions in the coasts of some consumer goods, were approved on Monday (14 December) as fully justified by Communist Party leader Wladyslaw Gomulka, who now seems faced with a problem which may well get further out of control.
Economic experts have made clear that the Government changes were aimed at switching consumption away from scarce foods to consumer durable.
Usually reliable sources reported trouble over the price increases at the Cegielski diesel marine engine works in Poznan, West Poland, and in an automobile plant at Zeran, on the outskirts of Warsaw.
Extra militia were said to have been drafted to Poznan, scene of the 1956 riots in which 53 people were killed. Central Warsaw was reported to be calm, with no more militiamen on the streets than usual.