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Police Detain Seven In Pro-Solidarity Protest

October 10, 1987

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Police arrested seven people Friday for demonstrating in Wroclaw to demand reinstatement of workers fired for organizing Solidarity locals in their factories, the wife of one protester reported.

In such cases, those detained usually are held for up to 48 hours and freed after being fined by a misdemeanor court.

More than 300 people watched as the seven protesters held up banners for 20 minutes near the main railway station in the southwestern city, Maria Pinior said. Those protesting were members of Solidarity and an unsanctioned group called the Freedom and Peace Movement.

One banner read: ″We demand the legalization of Solidarity.″ The first free trade union in the Soviet bloc, born in the summer labor unrest of 1980, was suppressed with martial law in December 1981 and later outlawed.

Another banner demanded reinstatement of two workers from Wroclaw’s Polar refrigerator factory and one from the Ursus tractor factory in Warsaw who were fired for establishing Solidarity organizing committees.

Demonstrators also held up a banner demanding that the communist authorities respect the right of conscientious objectors to refuse compulsory military service.

They wrapped a banner around themselves and sat down when police arrived and had to be carried into the vans, Mrs. Pinior said in a telephone interview.

Among those she reported arrested were her husband Jozef Pinior, a Wroclaw Solidarity leader, and three Freedom and Peace activists: Marek Krukowski, Ewa Kapala and Jolanta Skiba.

Mrs. Pinior said police prevented a similar action by the seven Thursday by stopping them from unfurling their banners.

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