Poland's military rulers announced on July 23 they would release 1, 227 martial law internees.
GV & CU Interrogation centre (2 shots)
SV Two internees leave, one speaks
GV Policemen ZOOM IN SV Internees greeted by relatives PULL BACK GV
SV Released meteorologist speaks
SCU Freed man PAN TO SV meteorologist speaking PAN TO freed man at 1.36 who speaks PAN TO other detainees speaking
GV Released internees shouting across wall to men still inside
GV Released men leaving area of detention centre
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Background: Poland's military rulers announced on July 23 they would release 1, 227 martial law internees. The decision followed relaxations of martial law governing travel and communications. Some internees had been selectively released during the previous weeks, and the latest announcement included all women political prisoners. But another 637 men are to remain in detention. This group includes the leader of the suspended trade union Solidarity, Lech Walesa. The government's policy is to free the detainees in small groups. Thirty five were released on July 23 from Bialoleka Interrogation Centre on the outskirts of Warsaw. It soon appeared, however that not all were being permanently freed. One man, a journalist held since May, was only given a one-month pass. He was planning to use it to take a holiday. Two other men left together. One was a meteorologist; he'd led the Solidarity branch at his office. He was in bad health, and said it was his condition that brought about his release. He had a two month pass. His colleague, however, had been freed completely. Two other internees then joined them. They were asked whether they planned to join the 1,000 Solidarity supporters wishing to emigrate. They replied they had no intention of leaving what they said was their home.