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    WARSAW, POLAND

    Polish citizens are moving into the Christmas period with the imminent lifting of martial law bringing greater social ease than they knew twelve months ago, just after the clampdown.

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    1. GV EXTERIOR Cars moving past open ground containing Christmas tree. (2 SHOTS) 0.05
    2. SV People moving along footpaths in shipping area. 0.18
    3. SCU Father Christmas moving along, watched by youngster. (3 SHOTS) 0.29
    4. SV Queue of people of footpath. 0.35
    5. SV & GV Long queue. (2 SHOTS) 0.48
    6. GV Traffic in main street. 0.51
    7. SV PAN ALONG shop window filled with goods and Christmas decorations. 1.25
    8. CU Boy in Father Christmas lap PULL BACK TO SV. 1.33
    9. SV PAN Line of children waiting to talk to Father Christmas CU & SV children and Father Christmas. (3 SHOTS) 1.46
    10. GV EXTERIOR PAN Number of Christmas trees in square. 1.57
    11. SV People looking at and buying Christmas trees. 2.10
    12. GV Man carrying away Christmas tree. 2.18
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    Background: WARSAW, POLAND

    Polish citizens are moving into the Christmas period with the imminent lifting of martial law bringing greater social ease than they knew twelve months ago, just after the clampdown. Enormous queues are stretching along footpaths from all manner of shops in the capital, Warsaw, and throughout the country. But shoppers are frustrated. When they shuffle to the head of queues, they find shelves either bearing shoddy goods displayed without flair, or already empty. During the year of martial law, the regime led by General Wojciecj Jaruzelski tried to contain the economy with austerity measures. But prices rose as much as 400 per cent. Wages also increased, but nowhere near the level of soaring prices. So, thousands are dipping into savings, both to make ends meet, and to outlay on their Christmas purchases. One shopper told Reuters News Agency that buying a pair of shoes on the black market -- to skirt around the official ration of one pair per person each six months -- could use up half a teacher's monthly salary. Shoppers are using ration tickets they have saved all month (December) to buy ingredients for the traditional Christmas feast of 12 fish, pastry and fruit dishes. The monthly ration covers only one third of the food Poles normally consume over Christmas.

    Source: REUTERS - STEFAN DMOCHOWSKI

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFWA1HT7QQZRCQKIT3RDXKW0R
    Media URN:
    VLVADFWA1HT7QQZRCQKIT3RDXKW0R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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