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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Free Speech Memorial unveiled in Warsaw

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The Free Speech Memorial was unveiled in Mysia Street in Warsaw on Thursday, close to where the censorship office was situated during communism.

 

The Free Speech Memorial was unveiled by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski together with Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and former underground activists.

 

In a speech during the ceremony President Komorowski underlined the importance of reminding Poland, Europe and the whole world that "it all started here in Poland, that freedom started from here (...) and the finale of this was the fall of the Berlin Wall."

 

"We do not want to diminish the achievements of others, but we want (...) others to remember that freedom began in Poland," he added.

 

The president also said that everyone should remember about "the courage and contribution of those who reached for free speech, free thinking and spread it from the very beginning."

 

Bronislaw Komorowski underlined that only Poland had had such a mass-scale underground publishing movement - "mass not only in the number of titles, the number of printing shops, the number of readers, but the huge number of brave people who edited, printed and distributed."

 

Komorowski and Warsaw Mayor Gronkiewicz-Waltz extended special thanks to Barbara Labuda who drafted the law abolishing censorship.

 

The Free Speech Memorial is a black strip of paving (symbolising a stroke of the censor's pen) running diagonally across Mysia Street, its end going abruptly upwards where the censorship office used to be, as a symbol of the victory of free speech. (PAP)

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