INTRODUCTION: In Poland, unrest is continuing, with reports that security men in Warsaw, armed with clubs and riot shields, fought with crowds of demonstrators, said to be mainly students, on Thursday (17 December).
CU Presidential Reagan speaking. (5 SHOTS)
SV Polish television newscaster.
GV Night scenes: Demonstrators in Paris outside Polish Embassy. (2 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators outside Polish Embassy. (3 SHOTS)
GV Banners. (4 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators with banners on steps of Polish Embassy. (3 SHOTS)
SEQ. 1: REAGAN: "We are torn between two facets. What is the more moral: to succumb and give aid to the government that has brought this about, that made this possible, that could then further oppress the people; or to stand by, willing to help, when you can do it, as we've been doing it, directly to the people of Poland, so that it would not strengthen the hand of the government? We, in effect, would be giving the government of Poland a weapon in which they could simply say to the rest of the world: 'We'll starve our people until you come in and acknowledge our right to rule'."
INTERVIEWER: "Are you prepared to restrict American private or voluntary food shipments to Poland during this time?"
REAGAN: "This is a point, with all the haste of this thing coming as it does, that I don't think I've been present at any discussions of that. I would think, however, that that would be suspended, suspended just as our own government aid is. But I would have to check and make sure that that is true."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Poland, unrest is continuing, with reports that security men in Warsaw, armed with clubs and riot shields, fought with crowds of demonstrators, said to be mainly students, on Thursday (17 December). And three Solidarity leaders, who so far have escaped arrest, have issued a call for another General Strike. On Thursday night (17 December), President Reagan outlined on American television the problems facing the US administration with the Polish crisis.
SYNOPSIS: Television news in Poland continues to be presented by army officers.
In Paris, thousands of demonstrators gathered on Thursday (17 December) outside the Polish Embassy. The French Prime Minister, M. Pierre Mauroy, was to have been visiting Warsaw that day on an official visit.
The visit was cancelled, and the French government has called on all Western nations to condemn the introduction of martial law in Poland.
The protesters demanding the return of full civil liberties to the Polish trade unionists, attacked the French Communist Party for continuing to support the actions of the Polish government.
Earlier, both the Prime Minister and President Francois Mitterrand were criticised by the French trade union movement for not condemning the Polish government strongly enough to suit its members.