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Polish newspaper warns workers not to protest

Poland's Communist Party newspaper warned workers that they risk a cut in wages if they heed the Solidarity underground's call for a nationwide slowdown that begins today.

In the regime's first comment on the work slowdown, Trybuna Ludu denounced Lech Walesa for urging Poles to join the protest to demand talks between the government and the banned Solidarity union leader. The slowdown is supposed to culminate with a boycott of public transportation Aug. 31, the anniversary of government-worker agreements that ended the 1980 Gdansk strikes and led to the legalization of the now-banned Solidarity union.

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In Gdansk, Lech Walesa admitted the chances for success of the protest were uncertain.

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