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Communist Crackdown in Pictures
May 14, 2008   
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Twenty-five years ago, on May 1, 1983, demonstrators thronged Warsaw's ¦więtojańska Street, protesting against the communist authorities who had introduced martial law in Poland a year and a half earlier.

Carrying banners with the sign of the Solidarity trade union, the protesters chanted patriotic slogans. Then the feared ZOMO riot police descended on them with truncheons, tear gas, and a water cannon.

Photographs recording these dramatic events can now be seen at an open-air exhibition entitled Stłumione nadzieje (Quenched Hopes). The exhibition shows the work of Andrzej Rybczyński, a well-known photographer and long serving photojournalist with PAP, Poland's domestic news agency. "These photos allow us to recollect these sad events 25 years on," says Rybczyński. "We have the opportunity to show them to the younger generation. Some of these people don't even know that these events took place."

The photographs will be on display close to the entrance of St. John's Cathedral at ¦więtojańska Street and along surrounding walls. The exhibition runs until May 18.

Joanna Matysiak
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