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Sunday, 31 August 2014

President attends opening of European Solidarity Centre

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President Bronislaw Komorowski on Sunday took part in the official opening of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk. The launch of the centre means the launch of activity aimed at shaping the knowledge and attitudes of the next generation, President Komorowski remarked.

 

"This is an extraordinary place (...) combining the tradition of the Gdansk Shipyard as the gateway to Polish freedom with the tradition of those toughest, most terrible times (earlier, when) shipyard workers were killed (during the revolt of) December 1970," the president said.

 

The opening of the European Solidarity Centre took place on the 34th anniversary of the signing of the August 1980 agreements in which the communist government gave in to the workers' demands, including giving them the right to found the Solidarity independent trade union.

Also on Sunday, President Komorowski and ex-President Lech Walesa planted a "freedom oak" near the Gdansk Shipyard conference room where the August 1980 agreement in Gdansk was signed.

 

"We have to take care of freedom, we have to remember about it, above all we have to remember the time when there was no freedom, when we spoke of freedom but it was only a dream," the president said at the ceremony.

 

"No one can take away our satisfaction from the fact that it was from here, from the Gdansk Shipyard - the first area of freedom - that freedom left through the shipyard gates to spread across Poland and the whole of Europe," he added. (PAP, own information)

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