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Polish union leaders warn of general strike

Solidarity trade union leaders angered over the storming by police of a sit-in at a firefighters' cadet school said Thursday that Communist authorities had wrecked prospects for national accord and warned of a general strike.

A statement by union leaders said recent events, including Wednesday's assault by paramilitary police on the cadet academy in Warsaw, proved the government has rejected dialogue in favor of force.

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It said the union would consider calling a general strike if the ruling Communists carried out a threat to order emergency powers which it said would amount to the elimination of civil and worker rights won in the 1980 labor revolt.

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