Poland's primate Jozef Glemp appealed for the release of martial law detainees on August 26.
GV Massed crowd at monastery (2 shots)
SV Commemorative flower garland for the Pope
GV Incense and clergymen gathered
SV Cardinal Glemp speaking
GV Crowd applauds
CU PULL BACK GV Solidarity banner draped over wall
SV PAN Crowd lying and sitting on grass listening to speeches
GV Massed crowds leaving rally
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Background: Poland's primate Jozef Glemp appealed for the release of martial law detainees on August 26. He also sought the release of detained Solidarity leader Lech Walesa. He was addressing a huge crowd of nearly 300-thousand people who had gathered to mark the 600th anniversary of the establishment of the Jasna Gora Monastery at Czestochowa. This houses Poland's most sacred shrine, the Black Madonna icon, the legendary protector of the nation. Although it was primarily a religious occasion, political controversy soon surfaced with the appearance of Solidarity banners at the rally. When Archbishop Glemp spoke, he called for peace and national agreement. Then he added: "Free Lech Walesa, or make it possible for him to speak as a free man. Resume, gradually at the beginning, the work of unions. Free the rest of the internees and begin preparations for an amnesty." This statement came just five days before planned demonstrations in all major cities called by Solidarity leaders in hiding. The government has warned these may cause bloodshed.