More than 1,500 demonstrators staged a rowdy protest today (Sunday) outside the Polish Embassy in London.
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SV Police guard embassy.
SV Mock tank with slogan the communist solution.
SV Notice pinned on embassy door.
SV Police arrest demonstrators. (2 shots)
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Background: More than 1,500 demonstrators staged a rowdy protest today (Sunday) outside the Polish Embassy in London. The demonstration was against last week's disorders in Polish Baltic cities. The disorders followed a sharp increase in food prices in Poland.
The anti-Communist demonstrators marched along Portland Place, where the Polish embassy is located, chanting slogans and bearing placards. A group of demonstrators carried a coffin symbolising those who died in the disturbances in Poland.
A mock tank was driven along the street, parodying the force used to quell the Polish disturbances. At lest twenty people were killed.
The demonstrators, including man exiles from Poland, pinned a nine-point declaration tot he embassy door. The declaration attacked the alleged maltreatment of workers int he Baltic cities, and called for economic reforms and political freedom. A number of demonstrators were detained by police who formed a strong guard around the embassy.