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Andrzej Zarębski, an activist of the democratic opposition during the times of the People’s Republic of Poland, is dead

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Andrzej Zarębski, an activist of the first “Solidarity”, co-founder of NZS and the Liberal Democratic Congress, former MP and spokesman for the government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, has died. He was 65 years old. The city of Gdańsk announced his death on Wednesday.

“Andrzej Zarębski died on March 22 in the morning in the hospital of the Medical Academy of Gdańsk, at the age of 65. The funeral will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 11.30 at the Witomino Cemetery in Gdynia,” the official portal of the city of Gdańsk wrote.

“He belonged to the Tri-City galaxy of talented democratic opposition activists from the times of the People’s Republic of Poland, who, after the political breakthrough, left for the capital to pursue a career in the state authorities. From the early 1990s, he divided his time between Warsaw and Gdańsk,” the website reads.

The cause of his death was not given, but the authorities of Gdańsk informed that Zarębski “had been ill in recent years”.

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Andrzej Zarębski is deadMichal Sadowski / Forum

Opposition activities in the times of the People’s Republic of Poland

Andrzej Zarębski was born in Gdynia in 1957. He graduated from Polish studies at the University of Gdańsk. Already as a student, he was active in the opposition environment. in shares of the Student Solidarity Committee. He was a co-founder and author of the first ideological declaration of the Independent Student Association.

For years, Zarębski was associated with the student and trade union press. He worked, among others as the editor of the “Reduta” magazine, later he was the editor-in-chief of the Information Service of the Press Information Bureau of NSZZ “Solidarity”.

He was interned for his opposition activities during martial law. After being released from prison, he did not give up his opposition activity. He worked, among others in the editorial office of Przegląd Polityczny, around which the milieu of Gdańsk liberals gathered.

In 1989 he was a correspondent for “Tygodnik Solidarność”, and a year later he became the head of the political section of “Gazeta Gdańska”. He was also an associate of TVP Gdańsk.

Political activity in free Poland

In the early 1990s, Zarębski was a member of the Liberal Democratic Congress (KLD). For nearly a year he was the spokesman for the government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki. In October 1991, he was elected to the Sejm from the KLD list.

He was a member of the Committees for Culture and Media, Social Policy, the Extraordinary Committee to investigate the effects of martial law, and the subcommittee for determining the responsibility of those responsible for martial law. He was a co-author of the first Broadcasting Act and a member of the parliamentary culture committee. In 1993, he became a member of the National Broadcasting Council for six years, among others, the secretary of the council.

In 2012, President Bronisław Komorowski awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In 2021 he received the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity.

Main photo source: Michal Sadowski / Forum

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