WARSAW AND VARIOUS, POLAND
Frogmen have found the body of the abducted priest, Father Jerzy Popieluszko, in a reservoir in northern Poland.
WARSAW AND VARIOUS, POLAND
WARSAW: (OCTOBER 30) (NBC):
1. CU PULL OUT TO GV Portrait of dead priest, and congregation in church 0.07
2. SVs & CUs Priest announcing Popieluszko's death and members of congregation weeping (8 shots) 0.41
3. SV Government spokesman Jerzy Urban making statement (POLISH SOT) 0.50
NORTHERN POLAND: (TVP) (EUROVISION RECORDING):
4. GV PAN & SV & CU Divers searching for body (3 shots) 1.01
5. SCU Solidarity spokesman speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 1.11
6. SVs Priest with congregation 1.21
7. GV & SVs Congregation in church, during mass by Popieluszko (3 shots) 1.32
8. SVs Crowds supporting Solidarity, with priest in attendance (3 shots) 1.44
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE):
SOLIDARITY SPOKESMAN: "He was a national hero, but now, he is also a martyr."
NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER PAUL MILLER, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
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Background: WARSAW AND VARIOUS, POLAND
Frogmen have found the body of the abducted priest, Father Jerzy Popieluszko, in a reservoir in northern Poland. The announcement was broadcast on state television on October 30. The priest's body was found by searchers using drag nets in a reservoir on the Vistula River. Father Popieluszko, a militant anti-communist and supporter of the banned Solidarity free trade union, vanished on October 19. Three members of the security police (SB) have been accused of his abduction. The television announcement said the body of the dead priest was taken to the Wloclawek area court mortuary. Government spokesman Jerzy Urban told a news conference the authorities were trying to find the instigators of the crime, referring to "those who stood behind the three accused men, why, and for what reason". News of the death of Popieluszko was broken to some 8,000 parishioners at his Warsaw church of St Stanislaw's at the end of a mass said nightly since he vanished twelve days earlier. A spontaneous sob broke from the crowd, as a priest made the announcement from the altar. A spokesman for Solidarity said the priest had now become a martyr, while Solidarity leader Lech Walesa issued an immediate call for calm. Popieluszko had been a focal point of dissent against communist rule since Solidarity was suppressed under martial law in 1981. The authorities charged him with slandering the state in his sermons, but included him in a political amnesty last summer. The search for his body, some 150 kilometres (95 miles) northeast of Warsaw, was carried out following disclosures by the police officers, who gave conflicting reports on his disappearance.
Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (NBC)/POLSKIE RADIO I TELEVIZJA (TVP)