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the Monument to the Victims of June 1956 Events
commemorating one of the first mass protests against the communist regime...
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Jun 09 2006 23:01 GMT jceca PRO
yes.... bad days..... but really original monument...
Jun 10 2006 14:24 GMT LittleDaisy
Some more about those days... The general strike and demonstrations of June 28 (soon we'll have the anniversary) were the first public protest that took place under the communist rule, in the period of Stalinist oppression. It was principally on this square that the events of June '56 took place. It was a demonstration against inhuman work norms and low wages. "We want truth, freedom and bread" was the demonstrators motto, as a throng of 100,000 of them crowded into the square. They occupied public buildings, broke into the jail and attempted to take possession of the security police offices. There, the building defenders resorted to the use of firearms, and some of the fire was returned. The Central Committee of the Communist Party in Warsaw decided to suppress the demonstrations, the nascent uprising, by force. A 10,000 strong force of the militia, accompanied by tanks, was ordered into Poznań. The pacification lasted into the morning of June 29 by which time 70 demonstrators had been killed, several hundred were wounded and 700 were arrested.
Jun 25 2011 09:30 GMT thisdamphto PRO
very cool.