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September 26, 2007


Igor Belanov

Similarly, the Polish crisis of the early 80's started with a revolt against state-imposed price rises in accordance with market norms, and a reduction in subsidies. This too was forgotten in the rush to portray the movement as a purely democratic one. One of the demands of the striking workers was the lowering of the retirement age to 50, something that would have been laughed at in the capitalist West. Jaruzelski basically enforced 'shock therapy' in Poland, a programme that would have been enthusiastically welcomed by the US and UK if it had taken place in a capitalist country.

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