Solidarity protest is off; martial law end in sight

Poland's underground opposition leaders called off anti-government protests planned for Dec. 13, the first anniversary of the military takeover, amid growing signs that martial law will be lifted on that date.

The provisional National Coordinating Committee of the banned Solidarity movement said the release of Solidarity leader Lech Walesa from internment and the announcement of a visit next year by Pope John Paul II amounted to a truce proposal.

Also, the Polish government will release about 1,000 interned Solidarity supporters after martial law is lifted, an aide to Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski said.

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