In Poland, bloody riots have erupted in two important towns where security forces have been used to crush resistance to martial law.
GV Mono material of Gdanak shipyard. (4 SHOTS)
GV Night scenes of fireman after rioting. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Fire-gutted building after fire and Lenin poster. (4 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Solidarity delegation visiting Switzerland, CU Polish delegate speaking in Polish and PAN TO German interpreter.
GV Interview with Polish delegate in English.
CU Australian Consulate PAN TO sign.
GV Consulate and PAN TO Polish cars outside Consulate, showing registration plates. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SV Poles checking with Consulate. (2 SHOTS)
SEQ. 5: POLISH TRADE UNION DELEGATE: "Our purpose is to co-ordinate our activities throughout Western Europe, and there are practically two points to discuss n our agenda. The first one of them is to co-ordinate the information and propaganda and commentaries on the news which come from Poland, just to influence the public opinion all over the world in a way that will help the people in the country. And the second point is the means and methods of helping the union in the country by means of material help, food and things like that."
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Background: In Poland, bloody riots have erupted in two important towns where security forces have been used to crush resistance to martial law. Warsaw Radio has reported that seven strikers were killed on Wednesday (16 December) when police opened fire during a battle for control of a coalmine and the number of Poles arrested is now thought to be at least 15,000. They are reportedly being held in massive detention camps under bleak conditions.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday (17 December) marked the eleventh anniversary of the Gdansk riots when thousands of Polish workers rampaged through the city in protest at the increasing cost of food and fuel.
This same day was to have been the day of National Protest with Solidarity paying homage to those killed in the food riots and demonstrating support for their plans to reorganise Polish society.
The riots of 1970 left more than 40 dead and the streets of Gdandk and many other towns along the Baltic coast in ruins. It was these two weeks of disorder that led to the resignation of the then leader of the Polish Communist Party, Mr. Gomulka. The riots also influenced the formation of Solidarity and, earlier this year, a delegation of Polish trade unionists, visited Switzerland for talks. They came to discuss with Swiss trade union leaders ideas and plans for the development of the trade union movement within Poland.
Here, in Yugoslavia, is another off-shoot of the strife in Poland. Since the imposition of martial law, visas to leave the country have been severely restricted. Where once it was comparatively easy for Poles to apply for exit permits and to cross the frontiers, the borders have now been firmly shut in their face. Poles who found themselves outside their country when the troubles began have responded by applying for residency permits. These cars, with Polish registration plates, were parked outside an Australian Consulate in Zagreb, Yugoslavia while their owners were inside asking for permission to stay abroad.