Solidarity at Two

October 1982
National Review;10/1/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 19, p1196
This article focuses on the second anniversary of the formation of the Solidarity trade union in Poland. Confronted by a determined group of shipyard workers, led by Lech Walesa, the Polish authorities recognized what no other Soviet-bloc country had dared to. They recognized the workers' right to form trade unions independent of the state. Thus the Solidarity trade union was born. The union's second anniversary was much more significant than its first. The government began its campaign of intimidation several weeks before the anniversary. In defiance of repeated warnings by the government to stay indoors, people demonstrated in many provinces.


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