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8
September

Courtesy Institute of National Remembrance, Poland

Self-immolation by anti-Soviet protester

 

In Warsaw, Poland, Ryszard Siwiec, an accountant and teacher, sets himself on fire in front of 100,000 spectators at a harvest festival in protest of the recent Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He dies four days later.

Pictured: Ryszard Siwiec.