The Polish authorities had planned a army parade in Szczecin for some time in 1962.
The 1962 Szczecin military parade involved a road traffic accident in which a tank of the Polish People's Army crushed bystanders, most of whom were children; killing 7 children and injuring many more. This was conpounded as he resultant panic caused in the crowd led to a stampeed and further injuries in the rush to escape. The incident was covered up for many years by the Polish communist authorities and cencored out of state media.
It helped ferment the public hatred of Life under communism and the 1968 Polish political crisis. The city of Szczecin then witnessed several anti-communist revolts in 1970 and one of the four August Agreements, which led to the first legalization of the pro-democracy trade union Solidarity, was signed in Szczecin during 1980.
- 1968 Polish political crisis
- 1970 Polish protests
- Poznań 1956 protests
- Bydgoszcz events of March 1981
- The 1981 warning strike in Poland
- 1971 Łódź strikes
- Summer 1981 hunger demonstrations in Poland
- 1981 Declaration of Martial Law in Poland