INTRODUCTION: The news black-out imposed under Poland's martial law makes it difficult to get a clear picture of what is going on in that country.
SV Military newsreader Captain reading TVP news.
GV Armoured personnel carriers patrol street.
GV PAN Soldiers on guard in street. (2 SHOTS)
SV Front of light engineering factory.
SVs People at work inside the factory. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Papal envoys leave by train, people singing. (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV PAN East German children load parcels into containers ready for transport to Poland. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN East German children load truck for Poland, truck drives off. (2 SHOTS)
SV & SV PAN East Germans load truck, vehicles drive off. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN Rice ready to be loaded onto Polish ship in Japan.
SV PAN Rice being loaded onto boat.
SV PAN Polish seamen in hostel after refusing to return.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The news black-out imposed under Poland's martial law makes it difficult to get a clear picture of what is going on in that country. Since the military takeover earlier this month (Sunday 13 December) western mews agencies have relied mainly on information smuggled out -- or on the military communiques broadcast by state radio and television.
SYNOPSIS: News readers on Polish television have appeared in army uniform since the takeover. Much of the material they broadcast concerns regulations of the martial law act. These include the terms of curfew and the warming to keep off the streets during restricted hours. People disobeying the military orders are liable for court-martial with harsh sentences for those found guilty, including the death penalty.
The army has taken direct control of industry. This in effect means the workers are now members of the military and are without the benefits won for them over the past 12-months by Solidarity. Some have protested by striking, others by passive resistance within the workplace.
Polish-born Pope John Paul has sent two envoys to his troubled homeland. They left the Vatican on Sunday (20 November) to travel to Warsaw. There they hope to assist the Polish Primate Archbishop Jozef Glemp in negotiations with the military.
Aid is also coming from within the Eastern bloc. These East German children are helping to load parcels of food, medicines and clothing for the people of Poland. Fuel and food remain critically short and it has been reported that medical authorities fear many Poles could die this winter from malnutrition. It will take many consignments like these to ease the situation and appeals have been launched in several countries to try and head off a disaster of massive proportions.
Japan has a surplus of rice some of which is being shipped to Poland. Ships are being loaded in the central Japanese port of Nagoya and they include Polish vessels, like the 'Phenian'.
There's a strange turn of events rising from these shipments. At least eleven of the crew and passengers of the freighter have sought political asylum, having told Japanese authorities they don't wish to return to Poland.