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Monday, January 12, 1998 Published at 17:13 GMT



World: Monitoring

Government sends team to riot-hit Polish town

A special interior ministry commission has gone to Slupsk in northern Poland to investigate the death there of a 13-year-old boy which caused rioting in the town, Polish radio reported on Monday.

Other Polish media reports said the town remained tense on Monday following the violence:

Text of report by Polish radio on 12th January

The police and the prosecutor's office are investigating who the perpetrators of yesterday's rioting in Slupsk [northern Poland] were.

During the rioting, which began when the policeman suspected of causing the death of a 13-year-old boy was being questioned in the building of the provincial prosecutor's office, hooligans damaged 22 police vehicles, smashed windows in the prosecutor's office and set fire to a privately-owned Ford Transit at the railway station.

Thirty-three policemen suffered injuries, six were treated in hospital. Almost 80 people were detained, most of them drunk.

Eleven [of the] most aggressive young men were temporarily arrested. The situation in Slupsk, however, remains very tense.

Internal Affairs and Administration Minister Janusz Tomaszewski has set up a special commission which is to determine the circumstances of the death of Przemek Czaja.

The minister denounced the local radio Wigor in Slupsk for announcing the address of a policeman suspected of beating the boy up. Tomaszewski has not ruled out that he would apply for the radio's franchise to be revoked.

Source: Polish Radio 1, Warsaw, in Polish 1400 gmt 12 Jan 98

Poland: provincial governor appeals for calm after teenager's death

Excerpts from report by the Polish news agency PAP

Slupsk [northern Poland], 11th January: On Sunday [11th January] afternoon and evening, Slupsk was the scene of clashes caused by young people after the death of a 13-year-old ... who was beaten by a policeman on Saturday evening [in clashes after a basketball match in the town]...

Slupsk Provincial Governor Jerzy Kuzyniak has cancelled all sports and cultural events organized in the town on Sunday and Monday.

He has declared Monday a day of mourning, appealing at the same time to everyone, particularly young people, to remain calm.

Source: PAP news agency, Warsaw, in Polish 2029 gmt 11 Jan 98

Poland: police break up protest demo against basketball fan's death

Excerpts from report by Polish radio on 11th January

[Presenter] Several hundred Slupsk [northern Poland] fans are demanding an explanation of the circumstances of the death of 13-year-old Przemyk [basketball fan killed in Slupsk last night in clashes with police]...

More than 400 enraged fans besieged the Provincial Prosecutor's Office building in Slupsk today: the office is conducting the investigation into Przemyk's death...

There were clashes this evening at the prosecutor's office in Slupsk between the protesting fans and the police.

[Reporter] The police pacification operation started when fans occupying the prosecutor's office began to smash the windows with stones and broke down the doors of the building with a dustbin.

During the clashes with the crowd, a Polish Televsion journalist was hurt by a stone. Two radio reporters were beaten up by police.

The police officers, who had long truncheons and shields, broke up the crowd and pushed people back to several hundred metres from the prosecutor's office.

Tear gas canisters were also thrown in the direction of the demonstrators. A stone-throwing battle flared up. The dense crowd broke up into groups of a dozen or so people, who dispersed throughout the town.

The first victims of the clashes in Slupsk have already arrived at the hospital.

Source: Polish Radio 1, Warsaw, in Polish 1800 gmt 11 Jan 98

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.






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