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Poland's army will help police curb 'excesses'

Poland's prime minister told parliament Thursday he has ordered special army units to back police in a crackdown against "hooliganism, antistate, and anti-Soviet excesses."

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski also warned that the future of the nation depended on whether Solidarity "repudiates its intention to take over power."

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The speech followed Soviet threats of an oil and raw materials embargo against Poland's already crippled economy if the government failed to curb the 10-million member independent labor union.

General Jaruzelski's warning came as Solidarity fired off a barrage of open letters defending the independent labor movement against mounting criticism by Soviet workers.

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