Twenty Poles, including five young children, packed themselves into an ageing crop-duster aircraft and flew to Sweden on October 19.
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2. GV & SV Friends and families of Poles, with them inside airport lounge (3 shots) 0.39
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4. SVU Pilot of plane speaks at meeting (POLISH SOT) (3 shots) 1.26
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Background: MALMOE, SWEDEN
Twenty Poles, including five young children, packed themselves into an ageing crop-duster aircraft and flew to Sweden on October 19. The Soviet-built two-seater bi-plane arrived in the southern Swedish town of Malmoe and immediately those on board sought political asylum. The adults said they were members of the outlawed trade union Solidarity. All were assured of their right to stay in Sweden, a country which has treated Poles preferentially since martial law was declared last December. The 20 Poles came from the Baltic port city of Szczecin and their pilot was a professional crop-sprayer, who told police the decision to flee Poland had been made months earlier.