Transcript for This day in history: Oct. 5, 1983
Let felt when Sen has won the Nobel Prize for peace in the leader of Poland's labor movement solidarity was honored because said the Nobel Committee. He's trying to solve Poland's problems through negotiation and cooperation. He had made the Norwegian committee goes on to say personal sacrifice. To ensure the workers' right to establish their own organization. The award has a lot of ramifications. ABC news was with fell wincing in Poland when he got the news here's Jim Hickey. It's a good thing about it and yeah. Friends gable ends a couple of triumphant crosses when the news came through. The labor leader who had gone to the country efficient pick mushrooms at first refused to believe he had won the Nobel Prize even after reporters told him. Finally hearing at on a German radio broadcast. Walesa said it was a prize not for accountant but for solidarity. You know and I don't know if it can happen of if it isn't a world understands their deal solidarity advocate. We have always proposed peaceful methods. Walesa then went on with what he started out to do fish. Although 100 body thousand dollars that goes with a prize Walesa says that will be donated to the polish Catholic Church agricultural bonds. He says he may spend his wife to Norway to collect the prize. Concerned that if he leaves Poland authorities won't let him back in. It wasn't until six hours after the announcement in Oslo that polls finally heard about it on state run radio and television. The government approved the report was hers suggesting the award to the went so what's politically motivated. And given in an atmosphere of what it called international propaganda against Poland. In the streets were to the peace prize spread mostly by word of mouth about mid day this unauthorized sign appeared at Warsaw University. Things have its own it but I'm delighted it's wonderful beautiful that amount is Texas and others. You describe my heart normally jumps out bad. Medical with a bit of good news on you can see him what's the reaction. Today just today I love that. Returning home from his more from Huntington fishing trip Alonso was greeted by a large cheering crowd he said again the fight we'll continue with people. The Nobel Peace Prize go to the went as the government consistently tried to undermine his influence. And in just three days it'll be one years in solidarity with band is illegal but the awards coming as it does now no doubt we'll give the outlawed labor movement. Its leader a tremendous psychological boost. Jim Hickey ABC news or so.
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