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Solidarity launches fresh challenge to Polish rulers

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Collier / October 25, 1982


The underground leadership of the outlawed Solidarity union called for a ''new stage of struggle,'' with strikes and demonstrations leading to a general strike next spring in a fresh challenge to Poland's military regime.

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Solidarity leaders rejected a national agreement with the government of Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski, which they said ''is deaf to the voice of the nation.'' Western observers reportedly view the challenge as a last-ditch effort to regain credibility for Solidarity.

Meanwhile, interned Solidarity leader Lech Walesa refused an offer of release in exchange for supporting new unions being formed in Poland under martial law, his wife said.