With potent symbols, familiar faces and even a lesson on how to vote, Solidarity's first 45-minute show was broadcast on government television under an accord giving it limited access to the mass media.
At 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, the words "Studio Solidarnosc" popped up on the screen followed by the red-and-white national flag and then another Solidarity sign with the well-known union logo.Solidarity leader Lech Walesa joked, "I don't know what I came here for," as he walked into the studio filled with union banners.
"Because this is the first historic entrance of Solidarity. It's not that they (the state-run TV) only speak about Solidarity, it's simply for the first time that we are given a chance to speak," answered the host.
Walesa immediately launched into an appeal for support of partially free elections June 4 to the Sejm, or lower house, and the Senate.
"We have been waiting for very long for the moment when Poles - in a limited way - will be able to speak about the country's problems, to take part in deciding about the fate of this country," he said.