INTRODUCTION: The military government in Poland has again attempted to show conditions are fast returning to normal in their troubled country.
GV & SVs Meat from Soviet Union being unloaded (2 shots)
GV & SV Fish products being loaded
SV & CU East German children's shoes being unwrapped (2 shots)
GV MONO Mine said to be working normally in Walb-je in Silesia (5 shots)
GV INTERIOR Goods stacked in warehouse (2 shots)
GV East German generators lying in snow PAN TO soldiers speaking to manager of factory complaining
GV General Jaruzelski reviewing his troops at night (3 shots)
GV & SV INTERIOR Church (2 shots)
GV & SV Christmas nativity figures in church (3 shots)
GV Krakow street scenes with trees and candles etc by monument (3 shots)
GV & SV Street scenes with people doing Christmas shopping
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The military government in Poland has again attempted to show conditions are fast returning to normal in their troubled country. The nightly television news stresses the fraternal aid being offered by East European allies as Poles prepare for Christmas. Little mention has been made of casualties suffered in the mining district of Silesia or of reports reaching the West of thousands being interned in special detention camps. With Polish food stocks perilously low, television film of food shipments must offer some hope for Popes as they seek to celebrate the Christmas festival.
SYNOPSIS: These pictures, seen on Polish television on Tuesday (23 December), show meat deliveries from the Soviet Union. Meat has been in particularly short supply in recent months. Fish supplies are thought to be more plentiful despite freezing conditions.
Other Soviet bloc countries have also sent aid despite domestic shortages. These children's shoes came from East Germany.
Warsaw radio has reported the continued occupation of two pits in the Silesian mining region in the south of the country. This mine at Walb-je is said to be operating normally as workers in several pits return after the protest strikes.
Much criticism has been levelled by the military authorities at factory managers for storing goods that should be in the shops. They are also accused of under-utilising available plant. Some manner have replied they had insufficient transport to move goods to the shops because of the crisis.
Poland's military leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, paid a Christmas eve visit to troops in the capital on Thursday (24 December). He chatted to members of the country's crack Kosciuszkowska Division. Later in the evening General Jaruzelski addressed the nation on Warsaw Radio and declared that reports of hundred of people being killed under martial law were a lie. He also denied there had been mass imprisonments and that disintegration of the Communist State had been halted.
As for the Roman Catholic church General Jaruzelski assured its millions of followers that the discharge of its mission was guaranteed by the country's constitution. He added that martial law would be enforced only for as long as was necessary and the night curfew would be lifted to allow Poles to celebrate midnight mass on Christmas eve.
The Polish authorities have tried hard to present a modest but safe atmosphere for the festivals. This square in the southern city of Krawkow looks like a scene on a seasonal greetings card. But however decorative the shops might look this is likely to be a less than happy Christmas for many Poles.