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Walesa critical of union leaders in wake of violence

Police used a massive display of force Saturday to prevent Poles from joining nationwide demonstrations called by the Solidarity underground to mourn protesters killed under martial law two years ago.

Police fought thousands of demonstrators in various cities, but Solidarity's appeal for nationwide protests appeared to have misfired as police prevented many rallies.

In Gdansk, union leader Lech Walesa abandoned plans to give a speech critical of the government, but he condemned violence by some militants of the banned union and indirectly criticized Solidarity spokesmen for calling for the demonstrations.

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