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Poland: more martial law?

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski continues to hold out the possibility that 10 -month-old martial law in Poland could be lifted by year's end, special correspondent Eric Bourne reports.

But the Polish martial law chief has pinned that possibility to how the populace reacts to the setting up of new, government-constrained unions and the banning of the Solidarity union, which once counted nearly 10 million members.

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Underground Solidarity leaders have called for a four-hour strike on Nov. 10, the second anniversary of the 1980 registration of Solidarity as the first independent trade union in postwar communist Eastern Europe. The Polish parliament Oct. 8 dissolved all existing unions, which had been suspended under martial law, and laid ground rules for new ones to be established after Jan. 1.

(Shipyard workers went on strike at Gdansk's Lenin shipyard - birthplace of the independent union - Monday to demand the restoration of Solidarity, Reuter reports.

(Polish authorities cut all telephone and telex links to the Baltic port, but Western television crews returning to Warsaw said workers had begun a single-shift occupation strike in the Lenin shipyards at 6:00 a.m.)

In a speech last July, General Jaruzelski lifted public hopes by promising the end of martial law, but that plan was set back by the turbulent events of Aug. 31, Solidarity's ''birthday'' in the strike settlements of 1980. Those closest to Jaruzelski say he is reluctant to see military rule pass into a second year, and say that might be avoided if the necessary ''calm and order'' prevail.

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