Saturday, 28 June 1986

Poznan Uprising, Poland, June 28 1956

A 100 000-strong protest that began over working conditions became violent, after which Poles seized various government buildings.  The next day 10 000 troops armed with tanks paraded and surrounded Poznan.  Detainments began.  The events were censored from all media.

Hundreds were arrested and coerced to testify that Western secret services had provoked them, which they did not testify.  The Polish Communist government recognized the need for reforms, since the demands were not mainly of a political but of an economic nature, and replaced their head with a more moderate statesman.