In Warsaw, the second session of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) since the introduction of martial law in December has begun.
SV INTERIOR Parliament. General Jaruzelski seated PULL BACK Mr. Gucwa opening session.
GV Moderate member walks up to Speaker of Parliament and offers resignation. (2 SHOTS)
GV As member speaks, steward directs cameramen to leave Sejm.
SV, GV Another member speaking as Parliament listens.
CU PULL BACK TO GV General Jaruzelski watching proceedings.
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Background: In Warsaw, the second session of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) since the introduction of martial law in December has begun. The two-day session which began on Thursday (25 February) was expected to approve laws for salvaging Poland's economy. Also on the agenda was an amendment to the constitution establishing a state tribunal to try disgraced leaders from the era of former Prime Minister Edward Gierek, replaced in 1980 amid early economic and labour unrest. The Sejm session began with the resignation of a moderate member in protest at continuing martial law. Parliamentary stewards tried to prevent cameramen from filming the member's protest. The session of the Sejm is act against a background of increased demands from Communist Party circles for leaders of the Free Trade Union, Solidarity, to stand trial and for the abolition of the Union.