The martial law authorities in Poland freed most of the political prisoners on December 23 who had been interned under military rule.
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Background: WARSAW, POLAND
The martial law authorities in Poland freed most of the political prisoners on December 23 who had been interned under military rule. Many of the detainees were taken into custody over 12 months ago as the government moved against the free trade union, Solidarity. After being reunited with his wife, Anders Sobiarek (phonetic) spoke for almost 10,000 people who had been held in detention camps by saying he was happy to be released and able to return to his family in time for Christmas. But for seven key officials of the now illegal Solidarity movement, their ordeal was just beginning. They had been formally arrested and will possibly face charges of trying to overthrow the State system by force. In Gdansk, a spokesman for Solidarity's founder, Lech Walesa -- said every effort would be made to negotiate for the release of the seven men. The closing of the detention camps is part of the process of winding down martial law, due to be lifted on December 31, however the authorities have shown by the latest arrests they intend keeping strict controls in force throughout Poland.