The former Solidarity leader, Mr Lech Wales, called off a planned speech to fellow shipyard workers and a scheduled go-slow was cancelled in Gdansk on August 22.
GV & SV Woman kisses Mr Lech Walesa and presents him with flowers. Crowd applauds (6 shots)
CU Newspapers, with anti-Walesa articles (2 shots)
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Background: The former Solidarity leader, Mr Lech Wales, called off a planned speech to fellow shipyard workers and a scheduled go-slow was cancelled in Gdansk on August 22. However, Mr Walesa retained the support of his fellow workers at the city's Lenin shipyards, and sores of them applauded as a young woman presented him with a bouquet of flowers. The go-slow -- which had been called by a secret committee of yard workers -- was planned to take place before the August 31 third anniversary of the Gdansk agreements under which the free trade union. Solidarity, was formed. As he entered the yard for work, Mr Walesa told newsmen that the go-slow would go ahead. But after meetings with yard officials who had made it plain that anyone organising such a move would face a jail sentence, Mr Walesa said he would not make the call at the Three Crosses monument. He said he doubted the effectiveness of a go-slow, saying the rate of work in the yards has slowed consistently since the introduction of martial law in December 1981. The call for action came by workers who wanted the authorities to talk to Mr Walesa about their pledges of greater human rights. The government had flatly refused to deal with Mr Walesa, and the officials Communist Party newspapers began a smear campaign against him. Some reports in the papers alleged he was working for the United States and had amassed a personal fortune of a million US dollars.