INTRODUCTION: In Poland on Thursday (17 December), Warsaw Radio carried the first official accounts of violence between civilians and security forces following Sunday's (13 December) imposition of nationwide martial law.
CU Military newsreaders announcing on Polish television. (2 SHOTS)
CU Alleged Solidarity handwritten documents appearing on newscast.
TOP SVs Polish soldiers and police in street. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Armoured truck and military jeep in street. (2 SHOTS
GV & SV Victory Square, Warsaw, with armoured military vehicles parked at edge of square. (2 SHOTS)
GV Two civilians carry Christmas tree through square, pass armoured military vehicles.
GV Army patrol.
GV Armoured vehicles along Warsaw street.
COCHRAN: "Polish television reported the ports were operating normally. The newsreaders, who have been mobilised into the army, also said factories were functioning normally and that bread production has increased dramatically since the military takeover."
"Television also reported that documents taken during the raid on union headquarters in Warsaw Saturday night proved that the union was planning revolutionary activities against the government."
"In Warsaw, there have been more nighttime raids on factories, on a steelplant and a tractor factory where workers were staging sit-in strikes, and midnight visits by the police continue at the homes of union activists and non-union members suspected of subversive activity."
In the centre of Warsaw, Armoured personnel carriers have taken up new positions aftermath authorities heard that student and faculty at colleges here were holding large meetings, which are now illegal. Some arrests were reported, unofficially.
"Two APC's parked on Victory Square near Warsaw University. The carriers parked in almost exactly the spot where two-and a half years ago the Polish Pope, John Paul, returned to celebrate Mass - before a huge and happy throng on a sunny spring day. That now seems a long time ago."
"Poles will still celebrate Christmas as best they can, ignoring what they can, and hoping that the New Year will bring good news. But there is one thing we have heard repeatedly from both the authorities and ordinary Poles - that the Poland which existed before Saturday night's raids will never return. The military commissars say they had no choice; privately one high ranking officer told us: 'If we hadn't moved when we did, the Soviets would have done it for us, and that would have been a tragedy. 'Of that,' the officer said, 'I have no doubt.' John Cochran, NBC News Warsaw."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Poland on Thursday (17 December), Warsaw Radio carried the first official accounts of violence between civilians and security forces following Sunday's (13 December) imposition of nationwide martial law. So far, independent newsmen have been barred from travelling outside Warsaw, and have had to confine their reports to what they can see and hear from inside the Polish capital. Here's a report from John Cochran of NBC News.