INTRODUCTION: Poland's leaders declare on Thursday (24 September) that special army units would join police in a new, tough crackdown on what they called anti-Soviet lawlessness.
GV & SV Parliament in session with leader of house on rostrum. (4 SHOTS)
SV & CU Members seated including Kania and Jaruzelski. (3 SHOTS)
SV & LV Members seated listening to speakers. (8 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Poland's leaders declare on Thursday (24 September) that special army units would join police in a new, tough crackdown on what they called anti-Soviet lawlessness. The government blames the disorder on the independent free trade union, Solidarity. A special Parliamentary session was called in Warsaw to discuss the latest situation in Poland.
SYNOPSIS: In opening the two-day parliamentary session, Poland's Prime Minister General Wojciech Jaruzelski warned Solidarity to moderate its policies. He said he had instructed his Interior Ministry to adopt what-ever steps were necessary to end what he called the present anarchy. This included the use of troops if necessary.
General Jaruzelski called on the union to rid itself of anti-communists and dissident allies. He demanded Solidarity recognise Poland's alliance with Moscow.
The parliament also debated a new law on worker self-management. This is the issue which has locked Solidarity and the government in a serious political struggle. The two-day session discussed Poland's economy and was told industrial production had fallen by 13 per cent in the last eight months, compared with the corresponding period 1980.