The Deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party and its Foreign Affairs spokesman, Dennis Healey, has said that nothing can quench the Polish peoples' search for freedom.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: HEALEY: "Ever since 1945, the political history of Poland has been one of struggle and revolt against a regime imposed on it by Great Powers. And I think it's fair to say that over the last eighteen months, Poland has been in a revolutionary situation in the sense that France was in a revolutionary situation in 1789, and Russia in 1917: the collapse of a peoples' confidence in its regime and the consequent disintegration of its economy. But we must face the facts, and the fact is of course, that as part of the Soviet area Poland has not been allowed and will not be allowed to carry through a revolution. We have seen instead a struggle by the Church, and by the Solidarity movement for what they rightly call national renewal. And if I understand it rightly that means the establishment of a degree of political democracy and industrial democracy which is compatible with the harsh geographic and historical facts of Poland's situation."
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Background: LONDON, UK
The Deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party and its Foreign Affairs spokesman, Dennis Healey, has said that nothing can quench the Polish peoples' search for freedom. Mr. Healey's statement was made at a 'Solidarity with Poland' rally held in the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Monday (4 January). A 5000-strong crowd turned out. It included many Polish exiles as well as British politicians and trade unionists. Speaker after speaker, including the exiled Soviet dissident, Vladimir Bukovsky called for punitive measures against the Polish government.
Source: REUTERS - LEO WALLER