In Grudziadz on March 30, Anna Walentynowicz was sentenced by a court to 15 months in prison, suspended for three years, for violating martial law.
1. SV Anna Walentynowicz being embraced by crowd, Lech Walesa present. Mrs Walentynowicz gets into car. 0.33
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Background: GRUDZIADZ, POLAND
In Grudziadz on March 30, Anna Walentynowicz was sentenced by a court to 15 months in prison, suspended for three years, for violating martial law. A crowd of well-wishers, including the former leader of the banned free trade union, Lech Walesa, greeted the sentence with cheers, and she was embraced by supporters before leaving. The 53-year-old crane driver was alleged to have been involved in strikes which led to the foundation of the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc. She was found guilty in the northern town court of inciting workers to strike and to occupy the Lenin shipyards in Gdansk in the days following the imposition of martial law in December 1980. Reuters reported that Mr. Walesa travelled from his Gdansk home to attend all three of the court sessions. He said Mrs Walentynowicz was arrested and imprisoned while standing in the defence of Solidarity. She was regarded as a symbolic figure in the foundation of the union, and, Mr. Walesa added it was their turn to stand in her defence.