Thousands of Poles on March 13 demonstrated in four cities to mark the suspension of the free trade union Solidarity fifteen months ago.
1. GV Monument outside Gdansk shipyard 0.06
2. SV PAN solidarity supporters singing at monument. (2 SHOTS) 0.35
3. CU PULL BACK TO GV Wreaths at monument 0.49
4. SV PULL BACK TO GV INTERIOR OF Church, singing congregation. (3 SHOTS) 1.13
5. SV PULL BACK TO GV Congregation with Solidarity banner 1.34
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Background: GDANSK, POLAND
Thousands of Poles on March 13 demonstrated in four cities to mark the suspension of the free trade union Solidarity fifteen months ago. In Warsaw and the south-western city of Wroclaw there were reports of disturbances and arrests. In Gdansk, where demonstrators gathered around the Lenin monument at the shipyard, the evening newspaper claimed incidents were caused by "anti-socialist forces" who were trying to disrupt the present calm and preparations for Pope John Paul's visit in June. The newspaper said some of the demonstrators had refused to disperse and had behaved aggressively. Most of those present, about fifteen hundred in number, sang patriotic songs and many laid wreaths at the monument. The demonstrations came after Roman Catholic Masses, described as being "for the homeland", were celebrated in the four cities. They were intended as non-violent protest against the suppression of Solidarity by martial law. The Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa, said he had taken no part in the action, either "actively or passively". Police had turned him away and scaled off the area when he had tried to get the monument, he added.
Source: REUTERS - STEFAN DMOCHOWSKI/ZDF