INTRODUCTION: In Poland, the latest reports coming from Western correspondents say massive use of troops and police has broken the back of the strikes in Polish factories and mines in protest at Sunday's (13 December) imposition of martial law.
GV & SV PAN Students accommodation in Warsaw. (2 SHOTS)
SVs INTERIOR Pamphlets and alleged anti-government propaganda. (2 SHOTS)
CUs & CU PAN Books and pamphlets in student's building. (5 SHOTS)
SV Polish news reader in Army uniform on television.
(MUTE) GV PAN Swinousgscie harbour with warships and motionless cranes. (2 SHOTS)
SV News read in Polish from Radio Free Europe in Munich.
GV & SV PAN Radio Free Europe newsroom. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Control room at Radio Free Europe.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Poland, the latest reports coming from Western correspondents say massive use of troops and police has broken the back of the strikes in Polish factories and mines in protest at Sunday's (13 December) imposition of martial law. There have been strikes in many areas including Warsaw and Gdansk, the birthplace of Solidarity, the southern city of Katowice, the mining centre of Radom in the south-east and a number of sports. Solidarity officials say workers have been beaten by troops and estimates of the number of people detained vary between five and fifteen thousand. Six big Soviet transport planes landed in Warsaw on Tuesday (15 December)night but the Soviet news agency, Tass, says they contained food and supplies not troops.
SYNOPSIS: Government troops are firmly in control in the capital, Warsaw, where they raided this building one of Solidarity's headquarters.
Inside were books and pamphlets which the authorities said were anti-government propaganda urging Poles to support the union and resist the imposition of military rule. They had been prepared for distribution to students when the raid occurred. Similar raids have occurred throughout the country. These and similar stories are those conveyed to the people by government television where newsreaders have abandoned their normal dress for uniform.
The ports are largely at a standstill except for military activity. Solidarity officials say they've mined the harbours at Gdansk and Szczecin and will blow them up if they're attacked. At Gdansk, eyewitnesses said striking workers were given an hour to leave the shipyards which were surrounded by troops. Diplomatic sources in Warsaw say the strikes are being dealt with by regions with troops being moved into an area to deal with problems and then being moved on.
In Munich, the studios of Radio Free Europe continue to push out the news in Polish. This and similar broadcasts by Voice of America and the BBC World Service keep Poles informed on developments in the West and the world view of what's happening inside their country. However, their attempts to provide a full service of Polish news has been frustrated by the closure of telex and phone communications with the outside world. The closures began in the early hours of Sunday (13 December) morning shortly before the raids on Solidarity headquarters which signalled the beginning of the state of war.