Solidarity leaders and intellectuals took part in a mass of thanksgiving in St Stanislaw Church in Warsaw on 231/8.
INT St Stanislaw Church.
Mass in progress.
Supporters surround Michnik.
Lech Walesa fishing.
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Background: POLAND, WARSAW
Solidarity leaders and intellectuals took part in a mass of thanksgiving in St Stanislaw Church in Warsaw on 231/8. About 4,000 jubilant supporters jointed them to hear auxiliary Bishop Wladyslaw Miziolek speak in favour of national accord and confidence. Present were the founders of the KOR DISSIDENT GROUP, Jacek Kuron and Adam Michnik, and senior Solidarity officials who had all benefited from an amnesty proclaimed last month to celebrate 40 years of communist rule in Poland. Solidarity founder Lech Walesa did not attend the ceremony. He was interviewed during a fishing expedition. He told reporters, that he had not and never would cease his political activities, and continued to seek the same political aim of pluralism. Police patrolled the streets around St Stanislaw Church, which has been a focal point of opposition to the government since Solidarity was outlawed in 1981. The official Polish News Agency, PAP said that, by 21/8, 168.000 people had been granted amnesty including more than 29,000 released from jail. With the fourth anniversary of the birth of Solidarity falling on 31/8, underground leaders have urged Poles to show their support for the banned union, but they have not called for street demonstrations.
Source: ARD 1" VIDEO TAPE