President Reagan, accusing the Soviet Union of supporting "brutal suppression" in Poland, warned Moscow on Sunday (31 January) that the United States was ready to act firmly if the situation in Poland continued to worsen.
CU MONO STILL: Polish peasant woman.
SVs Actor Charlton Heston lighting candle and speaking. (3 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Poster saying Let Poland Be Poland in various languages as commentator (off camera) announces programme.
CU British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaking.
SCU President Ronald Reagan speaking.
GV TILT DOWN FROM Arch of Sydney Opera House, Australia, and children singing in Polish on Opera House steps. (2 SHOTS)
CU Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser speaking.
SCU Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki speaking in Japanese, with English translation.
SCU Frank Sinatra announcing title of his song, and singing over still photographs of Polish countryside. (6 SHOTS)
HESTON: (SEQ 2) "Tonight, we're lighting a candle for the people of Poland. We're sending its light across the world to shine in their struggle and their suffering, to show them we believe their love of freedom will never die. As part of the International Day of Solidarity with the people of Poland, we send them this message, behind their wall of silence. In this time of despair, we hold out this candle of hope."
VOICE: (SEQ 3) "Let Poland Be Poland"
THATCHER: (SEQ 4) "The flame of freedom may seem to burn less brightly, but has not been extinguished. Nor can it be. Sooner or later the oppressors will understand, that they can't impose their will upon men and women who ask only that Poland may truly represent the indomitable spirit of the Polish people"
REAGAN: (SEQ 5) "A dark night of tyranny has descended on Poland. The target of this repression is the Solidarity movement, not in attacking Solidarity -- it's enemies attack an entire people. Ten million of Poland's 36-million citizens are members of Solidarity, the Polish military government wages war against its own people."
FRASER: (SEQ 7) "The oppression in Poland concerns us all. The Poles must be allowed to build their own way of life, without interference or coercion."
SUZUKI TRANSLATOR (SEQ 8) "Maintaining the unity of the Western democracies is of utmost importance in dealing with the problems of Poland."
SINATRA: (SEQ 9) "In Polish, it's called Volga (INDISTINCT) (Sinatra sings to end)."
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Background: President Reagan, accusing the Soviet Union of supporting "brutal suppression" in Poland, warned Moscow on Sunday (31 January) that the United States was ready to act firmly if the situation in Poland continued to worsen. Mr. Reagan spoke on an American government sponsored television show, "Let Poland Be Poland", beamed by satellite to more than 50 countries and featuring a cast of world political leaders and Hollywood entertainers. Leaders from 14 other countries joined President Reagan in the 90-minute production, designed to show international support for Poland's suspended solidarity Union. The programme was denounced by both the Polish authorities and the Soviet Union as "propaganda, disgraceful, tragedy-farce, and a cheap show in the best Hollywood tradition". Of the 50 countries which accepted the broadcast 28 indicated they planned to show the programme in full. Only four countries transmitted the programme "live" as ti was being received by satellite.