OSLO, NORWAY/GDANSK, POLAND
The Norwegian Nobel committee has awarded its 1983 Peace Prize to Polish labour leader Lech Walesa.
OSLO, NORWAY/GDANSK, POLAND
1. SCU Nobel Prize spokesman Egil Aarvik statement (SOT) 0.56
ARD/RURAL POLAND, NEAR GDANSK:
2. CU & GVs Shortwave radio, Walesa listening to Nobel announcement, gesturing and being thrown into air by friends (3 shots) 1.33
3. SV Walesa kisses wife 1.35
4. GVs Walesa's van arrives in front of his home, crowds chanting, Walesa being carried through crowd (3 shots) 2.16
5. SCU Walesa talking to reporters in Polish inside flat 2.57
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE ONE): NOBEL PRIZE SPOKESMAN EGIL AARVIK: (SEQ 1):"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1983 to Lech Walesa. In reaching this decision the committee has taken into account Walesa's contribution, made with considerable personal sacrifice, to ensure the workers' right to establish their own organisation. This contribution is of vital importance in the wider campaign to secure the universal freedom to organise, a human right as defined by the United Nations. Lech Walesa's activities have been characterised by a determination to solve his country's problems through negotiations and cooperation, without resorting to violence."
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Background: OSLO, NORWAY/GDANSK, POLAND
The Norwegian Nobel committee has awarded its 1983 Peace Prize to Polish labour leader Lech Walesa. In its statement, the Novel committee cited Walesa's personal sacrifice and peaceful methods in the campaign to win the right to organise Polish workers through the Solidarity trade union. Walesa himself heard the announcement via shortwave radio. He had been in the countryside picking mushrooms while on sick leave, recovering from stomach ulcers. Walesa said he had not expected the award but added that it justified Solidarity's ideals and would encourage the free trade union movement to go on. There was an immediate celebration with friends who picked up Walesa and threw him into the air in jubilation.
In the evening, Walesa returned to his home in Gdansk to be met by more than 1000 supporters. They chanted his name and the name of Solidarity. As well-wishers carried him through the crush of people, the crowd threw flowers and sang the Polish song of congratulations. "May you live 100 years." Once inside, Walesa told reporters he would give the Nobel cash award of 190 thousand dollars (US) to the Catholic Church for distribution to Poland's private farmers. He also said he would not leave Poland to collect the prize but would ask the government to allow his wife, Danuta, to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm in December.
Source: EVN O/ARD/NBC