POLAND: SOLIDARITY RESISTANCE

Created: 12/19/1981

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POLAND: Solidarity Keaistanco

Polish security units forcefully put doun more street denzn-strations yeeterdru as Solidarity ctttinued its efforts to crocnise otherossible jot

Warsaw radio admitted early this morning that there were demonstrations yesterday in Krakow and Gdansk. It called the situation in Gdansk "very dangerous" and said thateople were injured as security forces used tear ^as disperse demonstrators.

Warsaw radio claims that wor* haa resume* in^where deaths occurred on Wednesday, but HHH- is unconfirmed reports that workers to hostages, retreated underground where provisions are stored, and announced they will tight "until victorious. Local citizens reportedly have told Westerners thatoiners were killed- not seven as the government

Several press reports indicate that Solidarityhave tried toationwide general strike for today. Despite disrupted union cocLtaunications, their efforts could have scene success because they have had time to spread the word and because many workers are angry at the regime's suspension of most work-free Saturdays-

A job boycott, in which people merely stayed home, would also be somewhat easy to organize because itlittle risk for the participants. Such an action wouldhow of Solidarity's continuing strength snd would show thehe kind of passive resistanc it can expect for sons time to cone.

Church officials with the regime, even as the

continue to maintain contacts Churchore forceful

against the military government's policies.

that Solidarit

Walesa, who is being detained near Warsaw, is "workingewut he gave no indication whether Walesa is talking with the government. Church officials did not coaitMnt on Walesa's state of mind, suggesting that reports

that t

that many workers will carry out

any coherent political strategy once it Imposes nominal control* the significance of Solidarityajority" will accept grudgingly the to bring about economic recovery people back to work will reduce absen productivity, ignoring that the decline is due to shortages and slowdown

Criticiait

Soviet media reacted yesterday to President Reagan's statement on Poland by accusing the US administration of attempting to intervene in Poland by sending flc#lrecttoattempting to enlist Vatican support for antisocialiet forces, andconomic sanctions, Ussl

The criticism, much of it directed personally at President Reagan, reflects Soviet sensitivity to the charge that Moscow is behind the measures now being taken by the Polish regime. The Sovieta have attempted tothemselves from Warsaw's action ln order not tothe anti-Soviet sentiment that has concerned Moscow throughout the Polish crisis. Moscow probably also hopes that its harsh reaction to US statements will deter other Western leaders fromimilar stance,

Sovlct Activity and Assessments

New information has provided further confirmation

Western Reactions Continue Mixed

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau yesterday became the only Western leader to suggest publicly that theof martial law may notbad thing" if itcivil war and ensuing Soviet intervention. Although regretting the Polish Government's action, Trudeau said that Canada will continue to provide food to the Poles to ensure that hunger and poverty do not lead to an "Irrational revolt." The West Germans, on the other hand, have begun toougher line. Theyesterdayesolution threatening to hold back financial aid to Poland and calling for the release of those detained.

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