Polish Communist Party Leader Edward Gierek visited the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk on Tuesday, April 20.
MV Gierek, wearing striped helmet, with officials is greeted, and walk into dock area
TV ZOOM OUT TO GTV Dockers looking PAN TO LV ship in docks
SV PAN Gierek & officials on boat
MV PAN Gierek and officials down steps on boat, dockers raise hats & wave, PAN TO Gierek leaving boat
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N.B. WE DRAW ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING STORIES WHICH WE SERVICED ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BALTIC RIOTS:
Prod No. 12008/A/70: POLAND - GDANSK SUFFERS RIOT DAMAGE & INTERVIEW WITH SWEDISH JOURNALIST, 127 feet serviced 18/12/70.
Prod No. 12104/70: POLAND - EDWARD GIEREK NEW COMMUNIST PARTY FIRST SECRETARY MAKES NATIONWIDE TELEVISION ADDRESS, 39 feet serviced 21/12/70.
Prod No. 12089/70: VISLIB - LATEST TROUBLES A REMINDER OF POLAND'S VIOLENT HISTORY, 121 feet serviced 22/12/70.
Prod No. 895/71: POLAND - SHIPYARD WORKERS IN GDANSK WARNED THEIR EARNINGS WILL BE LESS BECAUSE OF STOPPAGES, 45 feet serviced 24/1/71.
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Background: Polish Communist Party Leader Edward Gierek visited the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk on Tuesday, April 20. It was his first official visit to the port town since he took over the country's leadership from Wladyslaw Gomulka, in the Government reshuffle which followed the violent strikes against increased food prices which erupted in Gdansk and spread through Poland last December. The Black and White film was supplied by Polish Television.
During the clashes in Gdansk and neighbouring Baltic towns, at least 45 people were officially reported killed and 1,165 wounded.
SYNOPSIS: Edward Gierek, First Secretary of Poland's Communist Party, this week paid his first official visit to the Baltic port of Gdansk since he took over the country's leadership from Wladyslaw Gomulka last December.
It was the violent riots which erupted in Gdansk and spread through Poland as workers struck against rising food prices, that brought the crisis which swept Mr. Gierek into power. Forty-five people were reported killed and nearly two thousand wounded - with enormous damage to property adding to the disaster. And it was Gdansk and its shipyards which suffered the worst. During this visit to the Lenin Shipyard - Mr. Gierek told dockworkers that the Government wanted to continue developing their shipyard industry.
Earlier he referred more directly to the troubles when he told a Party Conference in the city that social tensions in the future should not be permitted, as "enemies of Poland and Socialism... wanted to profit from this conflict".