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Report of Wojciech Mazur, Solidarity Movement Member from Gdansk, Poland

The idea of a free Catholic Poland from before the partitions of the eighteen century has been always dangerous for our neighborsPublished: November 14, 2019


The idea of a free Catholic Poland from before the partitions of the eighteen century has been always dangerous for our neighbors, Germany and Russia. Over the centuries of struggle with us, Germany and Russia developed a mechanism of replacing the Polish elites by murdering Polish heroes and introducing corrupt and obedient people into every branch of political and social life in Poland.

In light of such well entrenched practices, it is not difficult to understand the treasonous actions and betrayal of Lech Walesa, the Chairman of the Solidarity Movement. His cooperation with the secret services of communist Poland is fully documented by the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland. Access to these records is free and anyone can verify my statements with archival documents. I present here only some additional facts from my own experience as a supporter of the Solidarity Movement in Gdansk.

August 16, 1980, strikes are developing in Poland and all eyes of the striking workers are turned at the large sixteen-thousand people workplace - the historic shipyard in Gdansk. Lech Walesa breaks the strike, pointing out to pay rises and persuades the workers to leave the shipyard. We know that this was a pretense for the regime to stop already developing general strike and torpedo demands put forward by the workers.

At that time, the striking committees of the Solidarity Movement issued demands to abolish censorship, guarantee freedom of religion, and register trade unions as entities independent of the communist regime.

This attempt of breaking the strike by Walesa is stopped by our greatest heroine - Anna Walentynowicz – the true hero of the Solidarity Movement, with the help of Alina Pieńkowska and Ewa Osowska. At the three exit gates of the Gdansk Shipyard, they inform the workers that the demands of the Inter-Factory Strike Committee that directed and coordinated all strikes are binding for all participating factories and the Solidarity strike must go on until full victory.

After this dangerous attempt by Lech Walesa to break the strike, it was decided to transfer the strike committee to the Gdansk shipyard. Until that moment the Strike Committee operated from undisclosed places away from shipyard. Andrzej Gwiazda, Bogdan Borusewicz, Krzysztof Wyszkowski and other genuine activists of the striking trade unions effectively prevented the strike from breaking and worker’s strikes were extended throughout the entire Poland. In the face of a general strike and a complete paralysis of the entire country, the communists bowed and accepted all 21 demands put forward by the Solidarity Movement. The nationwide independent trade union “NSZZ Solidarność” was formally registered in court in September 1980.

Over the years, Lech Walesa became known for marginalizing other union leaders, who were not linked to the communists, calling them as extremists who strive for confrontation of the Solidarity Movement with the apparatus of the communist state. In the period between 1983 and 1986, Lech Walesa marginalized the entire Trade Union Committee. He argued that the mandate of the members of this Committee expired after many years of relegalization of the trade union, and only he is entitled to represent the Solidarity Movement. Of course, this was not true and it was the chairman's duty to convene another nationwide meeting of the Solidarność Movement and properly conduct new elections.

Walesa acted in a repressed Polish society. He had access to mass media, and therefore had perfect opportunity to insist on the reactivation of the Solidarity Movement and demand open and transparent process of negotiations between the Solidarity movement and communists. However, he did not do so. Instead, he blocked several strikes between May 1987 and August 1988 in the Gdansk Shipyard. Then, on September 16, 1988, he chose to enter secret negotiations with communists in the town of Magdalenka. That is where several high-ranking officers of the Polish communist state met with several self-proclaimed representatives of the Polish society. Today we know that in Magdalenka, secretly and without any social and political mandate, the two parties agreed on sharing power in Poland among themselves.

From this meeting, the communists came out with assurance of impunity and guarantee of participation in the power structures of post-communist Poland. The judicial system, secret services, and a part of the parliament have been guaranteed to the communists for decades to come. As a result of Magdalenka agreement, any real lustration process was not possible in Poland. It is only today that de-communization of these rotten communist structures slowly takes place.

At Magdalenka Communists were also given priority in taking over state property through the privatization process. They were allowed to form closed interest groups and consequently effectively corrupted most free-market mechanisms. For the past 25 years, they managed to block access of non-communist Poles to all power structures in Poland. Lech Walesa played a key role in this game and today Poland pays a very high price for a wrong path on which Walesa lead the Polish society for decades.

Today, when the justice system in Poland is being reformed because of its moral bankruptcy, ineptitude and corruption, Lech Walesa is one of those who opposes these reforms. People representing German and Russian interests are often allied with Walesa. His associates are often openly supported by the institutions of these countries and are instrumental in spreading anti-Polish propaganda in the West. This anti-Polish hysteria promoted by Russia and Germany advances accusations against the Polish nation for crimes which they did not commit as Holocausts and imputes them political sympathies which they never had, for example, fascism. Polish traditions of liberty are marginalized and gravely distorted today thanks to Lech Walesa and his post-communist click, while Poland is presented to the world as a threat to freedom.

I have full knowledge of the developments with respect to the Solidarity Movement. Today I am speaking on behalf of the majority of my peers who, like me, risked their life, health, and property, to fight communism in Poland. And although we have a grudge against the current government for too slow changes and submissiveness in the face of attacks inside and outside, we are trying to support and once again participate in the fight for liberty and full sovereignty of Poland.

We do not give up. We will never give up until full victory.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98yVfdCTDy0
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