Thirty years ago Tuesday, an electrician led a burgeoning labour movement that would forever change Poland and the world. Lech Walesa’s bold advocacy for labour rights would ultimately lead to Communism’s demise in Europe.
Commemorations have been underway in Poland since last week and will continue over the next two days to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the landmark Solidarity labour movement. On Sunday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk was joined by the man who led the historic strikes and later himself became premier, Lech Walesa, for a commemoration ceremony at the Gdansk shipyard in Northern Poland where it all began. Walesa, for his part, is not expected to take part in any of the other anniversary events due to what he has described as “fatigue”. In recent years, Walesa has had a falling out with the current leadership of the Solidarity movement, which supports the conservative Law and Justice opposition party.
Date created : 2010-08-30