INTRODUCTION: Poland's Prime Minister, General Wojciech Jaruzelski today (24 September) warned the trade union Solidarity that it must moderate its policies and stamp out anti-Sovietism.
GV INTERIOR Polish Parliament building.
SV Jaruzelski, Prime Minister, talking (Polish speech), delegates listening. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Kania listening.
GVs & SVs Delegates and officials listening. (6 SHOTS)
GV Polish flag behind leaders on rostrum.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Poland's Prime Minister, General Wojciech Jaruzelski today (24 September) warned the trade union Solidarity that it must moderate its policies and stamp out anti-Sovietism.
SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister was speaking at the opening of a two-day session of the Polish parliament. Alongside his warning, General Jaruzelski said that Poles faces the prospect of a police and military clamp-down to stamp out anarchy unless Solidarity moderated its demands. He said the fate of the country depended to a considerable degree on the second phase of Solidarity's national congress, which is due to begin next Saturday in Gdansk. The first phase earlier this month made demands, including free elections, which were condemned by other countries in the Soviet bloc. General Jaruzelski was applauded when he told Parliament he had issued instruction to the Interior Ministry and armed forces to take all necessary steps to oppose anarchy and anti-Soviet excesses.
Poland's President Kania listened as the Prime Minister went on to demand that Solidarity rid itself of anti-Communist allies and recognise Poland's alliance with Moscow. He said the authorities had maintained their policy of peaceful dialogue throughout the current crisis - but asked how long this could go on. And, he said, a stop must be out to deepening tendencies of anarchy, anti-state and anti-Soviet excesses. The General's tough speech was the latest in a series of harsh warnings to Solidarity and political extremists in Poland - including an angry letter from the Kremlin demanding action against anti-Soviet tendencies.