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MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Nld.03 Date 3 S e p t e mb e r 1982

J,, AUSTRALIA

NEWS RELEASE T H E H O N . TO N Y STREET, M .P.

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t h e G overnm ent t h a t t h e p e a c e f u l p r o t e s t s and d e m o n s tr a ti o n s c a l l e d

f o r by S o l i d a r i t y l e a d e r s t o m ark t h e a n n i v e r s a r y o f t h e G dansk

a c c o r d s had b e e n m et w ith s u c h f o r c e by t h e P o l i s h m a r t i a l law

a u t h o r i t i e s . '

Mr S t r e e t s a i d t h a t t h e G overnm ent p a r t i c u l a r l y d e p lo r e d

t h e r e p o r t e d d e a t h s an d h a r s h t r e a t m e n t o f d e m o n s tr a to r s and t h e

f u r t h e r r e s o r t by t h e m a r t i a l law a u t h o r i t i e s t o m ass a r r e s t s .

The A u s t r a l i a n G o v e rn m e n t1s c o n d e m n a tio n o f t h i s b r u t a l

s u p p r e s s io n o f t h e l e g i t i m a t e a s p i r a t i o n s o f t h e p e o p le o f P o la n d

had b e e n made p l a i n on a num ber o f o c c a s i o n s . The d e m o n s tr a ti o n s

and p r o t e s t s w h ich had o c c u r r e d s i n c e 31 A u g u s t made p l a i n t o t h e

w o rld t h a t p o p u l a r s u p p o r t f o r S o l i d a r i t y c o n t i n u e s an d t h a t t h e

p e o p le o f P o la n d a r e n o t p r e p a r e d t o a c c e p t t h e r e p r e s s i o n s o f

m a r t i a l la w . .