INTRODUCTION: The military take-over in Poland has led to world-wide protests.
GV EXTERIOR Polish Church in Paris. (2 SHOTS)
CU Message pinned to church railings. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Guitarist in church singing in Polish. (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV Priest performs Mass. (2 SHOTS)
GV Demonstration in London with banners. (4 SHOTS)
SVs Banners and burning of Soviet flag. (3 SHOTS)
GV Portuguese Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao on podium at Portuguese rally.
GV Crowd at rally shouting for Walesa. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The military take-over in Poland has led to world-wide protests. Lech Walesa, the detained Solidarity union leader, has asked for mass strikes in the country. His appeal has been brought to the West by travellers from Warsaw. On Sunday (20 December), protests were held in many capital cities and thousands attended to call for resistance to the military.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, thousands gathered at the Polish Church. Notices were pinned to the railings and inside the church, a folk-singer sang in Polish. One of the central issues in Poland is the conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and the State. Hundreds of Polish nationals were among those who attended Mass in the church. Two envoys from the Pope were due to arrive in Warsaw on Sunday (20 December). They hope to make contact with Polish bishops and take their impression back to the Vatican. The Pope is understood to be angry that communications have been cut.
In London, thousands marched through the West End of the city in a demonstration. About 14,000 people were thought to have attended the rally and march. They petitioned the Polish Embassy for an end to martial law. Embassy officials refused to accept the petition, but met a delegation of the protesters inside the building. One of the marchers said Polish officials had told them that Lech Walesa was in good health and had been in touch with Bishop Dabrowski of Warsaw. The march in London started in Hyde Park and was attended by trade union leaders and members of parliament from all parties. A Soviet flag was burned to symbolise their anger at Moscow.
In Lisbon, the Portuguese Prime Minister, Francisco Pinto Balsemao himself called a protest rally on Friday (18 December). Four thousand people attended the demonstration in Lisbon. It was a government affair and the Prime Minister had various officials on the platform. The Portuguese government has strongly criticised the round-up of Polish trade union leaders as a fundamental violation of human rights. The crowds at this rally were shouting for Walesa.