The northern coastal town of Gdansk in Poland has suffered particularly heavy damaged from the public rioting during the past week.
The northern coastal town of Gdansk in Poland has suffered particularly heavy damaged from the public rioting during the past week. Violent outbursts of street fighting between the public and militia resulted in a mounting toll of deaths and injuries. Each pocket of rioting added to a trail of damaged and burning buildings through the town. The violence had been sparked off by sharp rises in food and fuel prices.
In both Gdansk and Szczecin, another Polish port, striking shipyard workers led many of the groups of protesters. Police and militia attempted to cordon off trouble areas as curfews were imposed. Armoured cars and tanks helped seal off streets and main roads, and on occasions the coastal towns were isolated from the rest of Poland.
Radio station sin the Polish Baltic attributed much of the disturbance and unrest to youngsters of ten and eleven, and warned parents to keep them off the streets and to discourage the widespread looting which followed the street fighting.
A Swedish journalist who managed to flee the area, told a reporter on Friday (18 December) what he saw.