Polish memorial for 1970 finds three sides together

Poland's communist rulers joined workers again to honor the victims of the 1970 labor revolt amid cautious hope that the country's current crisis had passed a turning point toward peace. Deputy Prime Minister Mieczyslaw Jagielski stood beside leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Solidarity free trade union movement for the unveiling in Gdynia of a second memorial to workers who were killed in the revolt.Like Tuesday's larger ceremony in Gdansk, the Gdynia unveiling, attended by 30,000 people, marked a gesture of reconciliation by the government after months of conflict over the powers to be allowed Poland's new independent unions. All sides at the ceremonies urged unity and moderation, and the commemorations were depicted as a symbol of hope, though no guarantee of future stability.

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