June 4th marks the 30th anniversary of Solidarity winning in elections in Poland leading to democracy and leaving communism

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June 4th marks the 30th anniversary of Solidarity winning in elections leading to the fall of communism in Poland and then other European countries.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-anniversary-idUSKCN1T504I

Legacy of communism hotly debated in Poland 30 years on

Anna Wlodarczak, Joanna Plucinska


WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland marks 30 years on Tuesday since its first postwar democratic election, an anniversary that has become a battleground between the ruling nationalists and the liberal opposition over the legacy of communism.
Former Polish presidents Bronislaw Komorowski and Aleksander Kwasniewski cut a cake, during celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the first free democratic parliamentary election in Poland that marked the end of the communist rule, near the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, Poland, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The partially free vote on June 4, 1989, handed victory to a government led by the Solidarity trade union and triggered a series of events culminating in the fall of the Berlin Wall that November.

But even as opposition-controlled city authorities across Poland organize public festivities to celebrate that vote, the right-wing, eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) government plans only a muted ceremony in parliament.

While hailing the end of communist rule, PiS says liberal politicians then wasted the chance to create a fairer society true to its Christian roots and conservative values.

PiS says more should have been done in those heady days of transition to purge state institutions of communist officials and also to shield more vulnerable Poles from the impact of tough economic reforms.

Analysts say the argument is part of a broader campaign by PiS, which swept to power in 2015, to galvanize voters from poorer, rural areas who feel left behind by decades of post-communist economic transformation.

“Poles went to vote and rejected the communist elites, entirely and spectacularly,” Polish President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally, said in a recent speech. “It was a moment that should have become a turning point, but unfortunately it didn’t.”

Facing a parliamentary election in October or November, PiS remains popular in Poland, thanks to its generous welfare payouts and nationalist rhetoric.

One of its key campaign promises ahead of last month’s election to the European Parliament - in which PiS won most seats in Poland - was to ensure gay couples would not be able to adopt children.

“Some of the elites had decided that being Polish with its sense of piety is a burden to modernization. But I believe modernization can be reconciled with tradition,” Jaroslaw Sellin, deputy culture minister, told Reuters.

The biggest celebrations will take place in the Baltic port of Gdansk, cradle of the Solidarity trade union that toppled communist rule. They will be attended by European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, but by no senior PiS officials.

Instead, the government has organized a series of events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s first visit to his native Poland as pontiff. He is revered by Poles for his role in inspiring the nation to resist communist rule.
 

Queen_Bona

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Yes. Glorious freedom win, where the commies didn't like the results in the first part, so they changed the rules and won in the second one. For another year the president of Poland was a Russian agent Jaruzelski, and the next one elected afterwards was a commie agent Lech Wałęsa.

Fuck the 4th of June. I'm not celebrating this shit.
 

Mags

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Yes. Glorious freedom win, where the commies didn't like the results in the first part, so they changed the rules and won in the second one. For another year the president of Poland was a Russian agent Jaruzelski, and the next one elected afterwards was a commie agent Lech Wałęsa.

Fuck the 4th of June. I'm not celebrating this shit.
You hate freedom.
 

Queen_Bona

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I forgot to say I'd send them to Siberia.

To Siberia with those commies.
 

Queen_Bona

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35602437

:sad trombone:
And the funniest thing is, when he won the election, the first thing he did was to take his file out of the Internal Affairs archive and burn it. Little did he know that another commie, Kiszczak, had a closet full of documents on him in his house. After Kiszczak's death, his widow sold the documents to the first person that wanted them. That was, unfortunately for agent Bolek, a right-wing journalist who later donated all the papers to the institute which deals with history stuff.
 
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