In the Polish port of Szczecin (Stettin) scene of some of the worst disorders which flared along the Baltic coast two weeks ago, life has returned to normal.
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Background: In the Polish port of Szczecin (Stettin) scene of some of the worst disorders which flared along the Baltic coast two weeks ago, life has returned to normal. Film shot in the city on Sunday (december 27), indicated quiet conditions, with few people in the snow-covered streets.
But the burned-out buildings remain -- a sharp reminder of the violent protests sparked by recent rises in food prices.
During the worst of the unrest in Szczecin, there were reports of demonstrators hurling molotov cocktails, while the authorities used tanks against the rioters.
In the outbreak of arson and looting that followed, the local Communist Party headquarters were left a blackened shell. The police headquarters were also damaged.
The polish Communist Party has since announced that it will make a full assessment of industrial unrest in the Baltic cities The new party leadership under Mr. Edward Gierek has already authorised meetings between officials, workers and union representatives to assist the people hardest hit by the food price increases.
The discussions were designed to apportion financial relief to large families with low incomes. Relief is likely to take the form of increased wages, family allowances and pensions.