In Poland, the leader of the banned trade union Solidarity, Lech Walesa, has celebrated the new year by attending Mass at a local church.
1. GV Lech Walessa, wife and children on way to chapel at Gdansk housing estate. (2 SHOTS) 0.19
2. GV Chapel on Zaspa housing estate. 0.22
3. SCU PULL BACK TO GV & PAN Priest conducts prayer inside chapel as children, congregation and Walesa watch. (2 SHOTS) 0.49
4. SCU Walesa holding daughter. (2 SHOTS) 1.00
5. SV Priest administering communion to Walesa and wife. (2 SHOTS) 1.21
6. SV Walesa leaving church as congregation outside sing to him. (2 SHOTS) 2.11
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Background: GDANSK, POLAND
In Poland, the leader of the banned trade union Solidarity, Lech Walesa, has celebrated the new year by attending Mass at a local church. Accompanied by his wife and children, Mr. Walesa went to the service in the church at the Zaspa housing estate in Gdansk, where he was given communion by the priest. After being held in detention for several months last year, he was released last month with the announcement of the suspension of martial law in Polandon December 31. The government's plans include setting up more than 2,500 government-sponsored trade unions to replace Solidarity. The scheme has had widespread publicity on radio, television and in the Press. Despite this, a government spokesman admitted response to the new unions had been slow. Mr. Waleso said he was not interested in joining the new unions, but he added that it would be undemocratic to hinder them in any way. He estimated that only some one per cent of the 17,000 employees at the Lenin shipyards, his former workplace and the place where Solidarity was born, had so far joined the new unions.
Source: REUTERS - STEFAN DMOCHOWSKI