INTRODUCTION: President Reagan has said his administration views this week's events in Poland most gravely.
SCU President Reagan speaking.
SV Question from newsman. ( 2 SHOTS)
SCU President Reagan replying.
GV ZOOM OUT Polish Embassy in Washington.
SCU Ambassador Romuald Spasowski.
SCU Polish Ambassador speaking in English.
GV Demonstrations in New York and Chicago. (4 SHOTS)
SV Speaker at rally.
SV Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne.
SV Mayor Byrne speaking.
GV Chicago demonstration outside Polish Consulate. (10 SHOTS)
SEQ. 1: REAGAN: "Coercion and violation of human rights on a massive scale have taken the place of negotiation and compromise. All of this is in gross violation of the Helsinki Pact, to which Poland is a signatory. It would be naive to think that this could happen without the full knowledge, and the support, of the Soviet Union. We are not naive. We view the current situation in Poland in the gravest of terms, particularly the increasing use of force against an unarmed population, and violations of the basic civil rights of the Polish people."
SEQ. 2: NEWSMAN: "Aren't we letting the Russians get away with this? With each passing day, aren't they solidifying their position, and, in fact, there is nothing we can do about it?"
SEQ. 3: REAGAN: "No, we are not letting them get away with it, and I thought that I indicated that in my remarks. But, again, you are leading in another way into the area that I just don't feel it would be proper for me to discuss."
SEQS. 5 & 6: SPASOWSKI: "It seems to me that fine crisis is deepening, but the living conditions of the Polish people are extremely difficult..."
NEWSMAN:"Does this mean...?"
SPASOWSKI:"..... imagine this winter, and with low temperatures .. a lack of foodstuffs. Imagine what kind of hardships those people are facing."
SEQ. 8: SPEAKER: "(Utters phrase in Polish) .... Russians.. keep hands off."
SEQ. 11: BYRNE:"I would like to contribute 10,000 dollars more for Food for Poland, and let's keep those trucks running."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Reagan has said his administration views this week's events in Poland most gravely. He told a news conference on Thursday (17 December) the Soviet Union both knew of and supported the events, which violated civil rights. Meanwhile, large rallies have been held in New York and Chicago, supporting the Polish people.
SYNOPSIS: Polish Ambassador Romuald Spasowski spoke about the problems of Polish citizens.
In New York, almost a thousand people gathered near the UN to protest. One speaker likened the struggle of the Poles to that of colonists in the American revolution. The largest protest was in Chicago.
More than five thousand people filled Daley Plaza in freezing weather. They heard from Mayor Jane Byrne.
Two thousand people marched to the Polish Consulate to hold an orderly demonstration. The last song they sang was an ancient hymn with the worlds "God Protect Poland".