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Poland #268699

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 08, 1980
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(Studio) Indications of probable USSR invasion of Poland and US's impotence in matter noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Apparent USSR response to United States warnings about military intervention and allies' preparations for enactment of contingencies in event of such invasion examined; coordination of military planning by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) commander Bernard Rogers outlined on screen. United States said asking allies to enact economy sanctions against USSR if they invade Poland as they did following invasion of Afghanistan. Allies reported not yet agreeing on contingencies.
REPORTER: Diane Sawyer

(Studio) Tass noted chging. that counterrevolutionary forces are taking over Poland's independent labor union movement; news report noted similar to that immediately preceding 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. Similarity as well between Warsaw Pact summit in 1968 and that last Friday with regard to vote of confidence in Polish government noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Warsaw, Poland) Questions raised here by Friday's summit outlined; indications that Polish army might possibly be used to enforce USSR line - examined. Probable impact on Solidarity union and dissidents that formed it considered; union leader named, quoted. [Unionist Tadeusz KLOPOTOWSKI - comments.] Recent sabotage attempts in factories said possibly efforts by hardliners to provoke repressive action.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

Cronkite, Walter;
Quint, Bert;
Sawyer, Diane

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