INTRODUCTION: Some 30 staff members of the United Nations Secretariat in New York held a day's hunger strike on Thursday (15 January).
GV & SV PANS Demonstrators in sit down protest outside U.N. in New York with placards, and appealing for release of Alicja Wesolowska, imprisoned in Poland on spy charges (4 shots)
SV U.N. Staff committee representative, Lowell Flanders explaining in English, reasons for the sit-in (3 shots)
GV Demonstrator appealing for petition signatures
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 2: FLANDERS: "This demonstration and sit in fast has been carried out to demonstrate and illustrate the problem of Alicja Wesolowska and the fact that she is undertaking a hunger strike. She has been on a hunger strike for the last nine days and we want to focus international attention on this problem."
SEQ. 3: DEMONSTRATOR: "Now please sign the petition. The Secretary's solidarity. We need signatures. Please sign the petition."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Some 30 staff members of the United Nations Secretariat in New York held a day's hunger strike on Thursday (15 January). They were calling for the release of a Polish colleague, Alicja Wesolowska, who has been imprisoned in Poland on spy charges. Miss Wesolowska, 36, was a secretary of the United Nations development programme. She was arrested by security police in August 1979 while on a visit to Warsaw on he way to a new UN po st in Mongolia.
SYNOPSIS: The staff organised their protest following a report that Miss Wesolowska was on hunger strike. She was protesting about her treatment since the arrest. Her family say her health has deteriorated after six months imprisonment. She was sentenced to a seven-year jail term for espionage by a secret military tribunal. U.N. staff committee representative Lowell Flanders explained why the protest had been called.