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Activists Reported Detained Before Farmers’ Meeting

February 20, 1988

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Several anti-government activists planning to attend a weekend meeting of Rural Solidarity, the outlawed farmers’ union, were detained by police Friday, opposition spokesmen said.

The group, modeled after the outlawed Solidarity independent trade union, is planning a meeting Sunday in the southeastern Polish city of Rzeszow, said opposition spokesman Janusz Winiarski.

Rural Solidarity leaders have called a national meeting to mark the seventh anniversary of the Rzeszow-Ustrzyki agreements signed in February 1981 in which the government officially recognized Rural Solidarity.

Wladyslaw Frasyniuk, a regional leader of Solidarity in the southwest city of Wroclaw, was detained around 6 p.m. Friday by uniformed and plainclothed police, said his wife Krystyna.

Police later telephoned their home and said without explanation that Frasyniuk was being detained for 48 hours, Mrs. Frasyniuk said.

Another regional Solidarity leader, Stanislaw Weglorz, was detained in his home city of Lublin, in eastern Poland, said opposition spokesman Janusz Winiarski.

Briefly detained was Janusz Stepniak, from near Lublin, a leader of Rural Solidarity, said Winiarski.

Stepniak was warned against attending the meeting.

After the December 1981 imposition of martial law, Rural Solidarity, like other opposition groups, was banned by the government although some members have continued their activities.

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