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Buzek: Poland's Solidarity still needed today

Other News Materials 10 August 2011 18:10 (UTC +04:00)
Poland's Solidarity labour union and political movement remains relevant, as the kind of unity it represented is needed in relations with the country's neighbours and further afield, veteran Polish politicians Jerzy Buzek said in Gdansk on Wednesday.
Buzek: Poland's Solidarity still needed today

Poland's Solidarity labour union and political movement remains relevant, as the kind of unity it represented is needed in relations with the country's neighbours and further afield, veteran Polish politicians Jerzy Buzek said in Gdansk on Wednesday, dpa reported.

"We always need Solidarity, and it's worth to return to this name, especially now during a time of (financial) crisis," Buzek, a former Polish prime minister and current president of the European Parliament, said after a meeting with the union's leaders.

"The word is as important today as it was 30 years ago - we want to be in solidarity with neighbors like Belarus, Georgia and North Africa," Buzek said, recalling the key role Solidarity played in bringing down Communism in Poland and in the region.

A square in Brussels near the EU parliament building would be given the name "Solidarity 1980" at an upcoming ceremony on August 30, Buzek said.

"In this way, Solidarity's significant role in changing the situation in Europe and uniting East and West will be recognized," Buzek said.

On August 31, 1980 strike leader Lech Walesa signed the Gdansk Agreement with the Communist government on August 31 that legalized labour unions.

Buzek himself began his political career as an activist for various anti-communist movements in the 1980s, and led several Solidarity regional and national branches.

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