Solidarity leader Lech Walesa persuaded farmers Saturday to suspend a protest over low milk prices that had blocked roads and shut down dairies in northern Poland.
It was the second such success for Walesa in three weeks. On May 28, he got railroad workers to end a strike that was paralyzing Poland's Baltic ports.The announcement that the protest in the Mlawa region, 80 miles north of Warsaw, was suspended until July 3 came after three hours of talks between Walesa and disgruntled farmers.
In both disputes, the protesters demanded government intervention to protect them from the harsh effects of the government's shock treatment to transform Poland's socialist economy into a free-market system. The government, however, has stuck to its vow not to make special concessions.