A Danish newspaper reporter who was in North Poland during last week's civil disturbances has claimed in a television interview that Polish police acted brutally in dealing with the situation.
MV Jacob Andersen and interviewer
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: Mr. Andersen, you were in Sczezcin among other places. What did you see?
ANDERSEN: We had an hotel room and before we had got our overcoats off we heard the police cars int he streets. We rushed out and within two minutes we were in the middle of the battle. The centre of the battle. The police had formed groups consisting of ten to fifteen men and they rushed through the streets and knocked every body down. It was not demonstrators, it was blameless people who walked along the houses and so on, and they were beaten up and they were knocked down, I saw -- old women, children, screaming young girls and so on and son on and so on. I have never seen such brutality, not even on television, I think.
REPORTER: When did that take place?
ANDERSEN: It was Thursday night.
REPORTER: Do you think it was organised, on the part of the police?
ANDERSEN: My impression is that it was a very well organised action, and they didn't act in panic. They acted like a well-greased beating up machines.
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Background: A Danish newspaper reporter who was in North Poland during last week's civil disturbances has claimed in a television interview that Polish police acted brutally in dealing with the situation. Jacob Andersen, representing a Danish daily newspaper, was in Sczezcin during the height of the disorder.
Mr. Andersen alleged that groups of police rampaged through the streets, indiscriminately attacking people, including women and children.