The copper-mining town of Lubin in western Poland bears the scars of the violence which accompanied a demonstration in favour of the free trade union movement, Solidarity, on August 31.
GV EXTERIOR Place-name for Lubin on large orange letters in field 0.05
GV ZOOM IN TO SCU Graffiti on letters 'K.O.R.' 0.10
GV Wide street in Lubin 0.13
SV Shopfront PAN diagonally TO bullet holes in wall ZOOM INTO SCU (2 shots) 0.32
CU PAN ALONG Bloodstains on ground TO flowers 0.40
LV Two people standing on narrow bridge TILT DOWN TO stains on bridge planking ZOOM INTO CU 0.50
GV EXTERIOR Building facade ZOOM INTO SV builders painting front 0.54
GV Parked van in empty street 0.56
CU Teargas box ZOOM INTO TIGHT CU label on box 1.02
LV Countryside ZOOM INTO SV parked vehicle under trees 1.12
SV Building with bullet holes, boarded up windows ZOOM OUT TO LV PAN ACROSS street with ambulance moving slowly
Background: LUBIN, POLAND
The copper-mining town of Lubin in western Poland bears the scars of the violence which accompanied a demonstration in favour of the free trade union movement, Solidarity, on August 31. Two men were killed and fourteen wounded when Polish security forces opened fire on the demonstrators who were calling for an end to martial law and for the restitution of the suspended union. Police, denying reports they had fired directly at the crowd, said they fired into the air above their heads. Clashes lasted for two full days before action by the authorities reduced Lubin to a virtual ghost town. A curfew has been imposed, telephone connections cut, the sale of alcohol and petrol banned and gatherings of more than three people prohibited. Building in the main street of Lubin bear bullet holes from the shooting; windows have been boarded up, and flowers mark the spot where the dead men fell. Four thousand people attended a requiem Mass for the two men on September 5. Police said it went off without incident. Graffiti on the walls of Lubin shows support for the banned dissident group KOR, whose leaders have been interned by the martial law authorities and charged with attempting to overthrow the state by force. The authorities, playing down the recent disturbances, which affected 34 to 49 provinces, blamed hooligans and anti-communist elements. But officials of Solidarity in Lubin have called the protests a victory for the unions and have told workers in the area to prepare for a general strike.
CAMERA - STEFAN DMOCHOWSKI, REUTERS