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16. Rebuilding the Movement

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The activists who managed to survive the military coup faced dilemmas. The most fundamental of concerns was how to keep the movement alive, and how to keep the mass of union participants and supporters feeling a part of the movement and involved in those discussions. A war was waged between the opposition and the government, which continued to search for people who had escaped, and to pressure those whom it had already caught. Having avoided detention, Solidarity activists now began to construct an underground. It seemed imperative that their first step should be to present some kind of public presence after the devastating arrests-to be able to show that Solidarity was still alive. The reconstituted national leadership called upon its supporters to ‘organise a mass, society-wide underground resistance movement’, and to resist in any way possible, other than violently.

Keywords:military coup; Solidarity; underground resistance movement



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