Police Detain 13 Anti-alcohol Activists
WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Police detained 13 anti-alcohol activists who were picketing outside liquor stores in Warsaw and a Baltic seaside resort to support a campaign urging Poles to abstain from vodka drinking during August, church and opposition sources said.
Eleven members of a church-sponsored Brotherhood of Sobriety were detained Wednesday while carrying signs reading ″Pole, don’t drink″ and ″Be sober″ outside a liquor shop in the town of Sopot, near the Baltic port of Gdansk, said the Rev. Henryk Jankowski.
″I am surprised that those people got detained as (Polish leader) Gen. Jaruzelski supports the church’s activities for spreading sobriety in the society while the lower (administration) levels act in a different way,″ said Jankowski, a Gdansk priest who is a close adviser to Solidarity chairman Lech Walesa.
He said that among those detained was Konrad Maruszczyk, a former Gdansk Solidarity leader.
In Warsaw, two people were picked up by police while carrying signs outside a liquor shop in the old town district and were ordered held overnight to appear before a misdemeanor court today on charges of taking part in an illegal gathering, said Marcin Przybylowicz, a Warsaw anti-alcohol activist.