INTRODUCTION: In Poland tension continues between the government and the free trade union Solidarity in the wake of police action last week against activists.
GV Polish flag flying over a government building.
CU Lech Walesa out of car and into building with his delegation. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Solidarity delegates seated around table.
CU Government delegates arrive and take seats around table. (2 SHOTS)
LV & CU Crowds waiting outside hospital at Bydgoszcz. (2 SHOTS)
CU, SV INT Injured Solidarity members. (2 SHOTS)
GV EXT Warsaw Fact troops in amphibious landing exercises. (4 SHOTS)
SV Tanks rolling ashore. (2 SHOTS)
GV Military observers being briefed on manoeuvres. (2 SHOTS)
GV Planes flying overhead.
GV Tanks in high-speed manoeuvres..
GV Infantry units advance. (2 SHOTS)
SV Troops prime and aim missile. (4 SHOTS)
CU & GV Missile being fired. (2 SHOTS)
GV Missile explodes on manoeuvre field.
GV Parachute drop. (2 SHOTS)
GV Paratroopers advance under machine-gun fire.(2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Poland tension continues between the government and the free trade union Solidarity in the wake of police action last week against activists. Both sides are accusing each other of falsifying the facts. On Monday (23 March) union leaders held an emergency meeting in the city of Bydgoszcz to decide their response to tougher action by the authorities. Moderates were expected to argue against further strikes, while militants were thought likely to press for a hardline reply.
SYNOPSIS: The two sides held inconclusive talks on Sunday (22 March) following a two-hour protest strike by more than half a million workers in Bydgoszcz last Friday (20 March). Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has already called for the dismissal of the police involved in the forcible eviction of 27 union activists from a provincial assembly hall - clash in which three unionists were seriously injured.
Walesa has blamed the police for causing the confrontation but has appealed to workers not to strike. He will hold further talks with the government on Wednesday (25 March). For their part, the authorities say the police were justified in preventing unionists from occupying the hall -- and say they do not know how some of the activists came to be hurt.
Outside the hospital in Bydgoszcz where the injured unionists are being treated, crowds the been waiting each day. Despite a move by the government to start an official investigation into the cause of the injuries, workers remain angry.
The crisis, described by Polish Television as the worst since last August, coincides with Warsaw Pact military manoeuvres in and around Poland -- exercises which have also been given prominent attention on national news bulletins.
On Sunday (22 March) Warsaw Pact troops staged a coastal landing in north-western Poland, involving men and ships from the Soviet Union and East Germany as well as from Poland itself.
After the beach storming, backed by air reconnaissance, the troops marched through several Polish villages on their way to an inland exercise ground to continue the alliance' "Soyuz 81" joint command staff operation.
Soviet and Polish troops also staged mock battles involving tanks, missiles and motorised infantry in south-western Poland.
Despite strong-line reports in the Soviet Union and other East European countries supporting tougher action in Poland, Western defence sources say there is no evidence these exercises have been extended beyond original schedules. Instead, Polish news reports say the authorities have made pledges in speeches to the troops that Poland would indeed overcome its present problems and strengthen its communist development.