The Polish revolution was first great contradiction in the birth of this new Europe…
During the 1970′s when the communist regime was in full swing in Poland, a priest decided to speak out for freedom, democracy and human rights. He became a sort of spiritual director for many workers and eventually became one of the leaders of a workers union called ‘Solidarity.’ He was so outspoken that his homilies were even transmitted on a radio station that opposed the communist regime. His name was Jerzy Popieluszko. Continue reading
Thousands of health care workers are marching in Warsaw to demand higher pay and protest government plans to privatize parts of the health care system. Continue reading
US republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Poland on the final leg of a foreign tour that continues to provoke controversy.
In the Baltic port of Gdansk he met Lech Walesa, the former leader of the Solidarity movement that toppled the communist Polish government in the 1980’s. Continue reading
Solidarity, the trade union movement which led the Polish struggle against communist rule, distanced itself on Monday from a visit to Poland by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying he supported attacks on unions in his own country. Continue reading
Sir Elton John is to be awarded a medal by Poland’s Solidarity leader Lech Walesa for his role in the collapse of Communism.
Five years before the fall of the Soviet states the Rocket Man star called for political change in Poland and the rest of eastern Europe during a concert in Gdansk in 1984. Continue reading
Polish police say they are looking for suspects who broke the law by placing the world-famous Solidarity emblem over the equally famous gate of the Gdansk Shipyard, where the movement was born in 1980. Continue reading
Protesters mass in the streets of Poland’s Baltic port city of Gdansk, hurling Molotov cocktails at security forces as a tank advances — and the cameras roll.
Looking on is celebrated Polish director Andrzej Wajda, 85, whose latest film is a biopic about Lech Walesa, the communist-era Solidarity opposition leader who left an indelible mark on world history by helping bring down the Iron Curtain. Continue reading
Poland paused to remember the day 30 years ago the country’s communist government declared martial law, sending thousands of troops and tanks onto the streets to crush Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union.
Across the country churches held special masses, and towns and cities commemorated the anniversary with ceremonies and vigils. Continue reading