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    INTRODUCTION: With tight restrictions on foreign travel by the Polish authorities after martial law was imposed on Sunday (13 December) little information has been coming out of Poland.But some reports have come from foreigners returning to Western Europe.Michel Hassoun, a member of the French Students' Trade Union Movement, was in Szczecin during the military action and gave a news conference on his return to Paris.

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    SV INTERIOR Michel Hassoun speaking in French (2 shots)
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: With tight restrictions on foreign travel by the Polish authorities after martial law was imposed on Sunday (13 December) little information has been coming out of Poland.But some reports have come from foreigners returning to Western Europe.Michel Hassoun, a member of the French Students' Trade Union Movement, was in Szczecin during the military action and gave a news conference on his return to Paris.

    SYNOPSIS: It was early Sunday morning in Poland when General Jaruzelski went on national television to proclaim that martial law was being imposed.He was to be the chairman of the new Military Council for National Salvation.In the streets, military checkpoints were hurriedly set up, strategic buildings were guarded by the army and leading Solidarity unionists were arrested.It was this Poland which Michel Hassoun, the French student trade unionist, woke up to.

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    He described how the Polish army and Communist Party militia combined to occupy the main buildings.In Szczecin, he said, it was the militiamen who made the arrests at the General Post Office, but the building was actually occupied by the Army.Mr.tried to telephone outside to contact the workers in the shipyards, but communications had already been cut by the authorities.They also tried to telephone from the other houses but without success.The workers, he said, were in a state of alert.

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    The French student then described how five militiamen had burst into the home of Edmund Baluka, a Solidarity sympathiser.They broke down the doors with crowbars, and then produced a warrant for his arrest.Hassoun said the police militiamen charged Baluka with interfering with the integrity and sovereignty of the Polish state.Mr.Hassoun, himself was able to return to France.

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    While the events of Sunday seem well-established, the flow of information since has been sporadic.The Polish News Agency PAP has said the situation is calm and orderly and Poles are going to work.But Solidarity spokesman have claimed that strikes are going ahead and that their organisation remains intact.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8K5GJG09IVVN0P7RZ4FNGKWYY
    Media URN:
    VLVA8K5GJG09IVVN0P7RZ4FNGKWYY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
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