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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

President: There is no joy without freedom

  |   The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace The anniversary of the 1989 elections at the Presidential Palace

"There is no joy without freedom and there is no freedom without deeply felt joy and ability to show it," President Bronisław Komorowski said at the Presidential Palace on June 4, the anniversary of the 1989 elections.

 

That day (June 4, 1989 or, partially free elections in Poland) marks the victory not only of the Solidarity trade union but also Poland as a whole, the president said.

 

Handing over medals to artists, journalists and foreigners credited with assisting Poles in their anti-communist movement the president spoke highly of those thanks to whom "our difficult struggle gained acceptance, understanding and support all over the world - correspondents and journalists who promoted Polish dreams and efforts in the free world."

 

Bronisław Komorowski recalled that next year would mark the 25th anniversary of the elections adding he would like very much to recall the Solidarity struggle and "courage and compromise of settlements reached at the Round Table (...) which was an important and wise road to Polish freedom, to June 4, 1989 elections."

 

Distinctions were granted to foreign correspondents in Poland in the 1970-ties and 1980-ties like Chris Niedenthal, Francois Gault, Jacqueline Hayden, Alma Kadragic, Renate Marsch-Potocka, Geri Nasarski, Joana Radzyner, Guenter Schubert, Krzysztof Bobinski and Joanna Wegrzynowicz-Weschler. Honoured were also Belgians who organised transports with donations for Poland, namely, Frans Walter, Guy Fransen and Linda Hofkens.

 

The president awarded also businessmen and sportsmen.

 

The ceremony was attended by PM Donald Tusk, ministers and foreign diplomats. (PAP)

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