Two demonstrators were shot and killed by security forces in Poland during disturbances on the second anniversary of the founding of the trade union Solidarity on August 31.
Warsaw: TV Security forces moving along street towards demonstrators, firing tear gas and flares. (3 SHOTS)
GV Crowd with banners and police chasing youth hitting him with riot stick. (4 SHOTS)
GVs Youths throwing stones at troops (3 SHOTS)
GV Youths retreating as tear gas is fired.
TRAVELLING SHOT Bench moved from tracks in front of tram.
GV Debris in street.
Gdansk: GV Demonstrators chanting in front of monument. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Flowers on monument PAN TO demonstrators and Solidarity banner on memorial. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Two demonstrators were shot and killed by security forces in Poland during disturbances on the second anniversary of the founding of the trade union Solidarity on August 31. The deaths occurred in the western city of Lubin, one of nine cities where there were clashes. A government spokesman said between 65,000 and 70,000 people took part in demonstrations across the country. A hundred and thirty-six members of the security forces were injured. No figures were given for civilian casualties. In Warsaw, troops fired water cannon, tear gas, concussion grenades and flares to try to disperse the demonstrators. Polish television took the unusual step of showing pictures of the troubles in Warsaw, maintaining that much of the disturbances were caused by young hooligans who threw stones at troops. Benches were placed in the path of trams, and debris littered the streets. In the northern port of Gdansk, there were further reports of trouble. Security forces clashed with demonstrators and at the Workers' Monument, workers chanted slogans in support of Solidarity. Flowers were placed at the base of the monument, and a Solidarity banner draped on its top. In all, it was the most serious outbreak of disturbances in Poland since last May.