President Andrzej Duda took part in the ceremonies on the premises of Huta Warszawa, commemorating the 41st anniversary of signing the August Agreements and the strike in this steel plant. – I am honored to pay tribute today to the workers of August 1980, who, here in Huta Warszawa and throughout Poland, demanded the rights of working people, the elementary fulfillment of international obligations – said the president.
The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, said that he was paying tribute to the workers of August 1980, who in Huta Warszawa and throughout Poland, in over 700 plants, demanded rights for working people, the elementary fulfillment of international obligations. – They demanded what is due to every human being, i.e. they simply demanded freedom, and obtained its important elements, which – I am sure – made 1989 possible and the political change that changed Poland was the culmination of the historical transformation – he said President.
He added that the driving force behind this transformation was the pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Poland in 1979.
Duda: There would probably be no free Poland today, if not for the three August
The president also referred to the Monument-Cross commemorating the Holy Masses of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko in Huta Warszawa. As he said, it is safe to say that it is here that Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko “was born as a chaplain of Solidarity, but above all a chaplain of working people.” – With his life from that moment and his death, he wrote a great chapter in Polish history and it is safe to say that he influenced the course of local and subsequent events – said the president.
Andrzej Duda recalled that in August agreements were concluded in various places in the country: – That great strike of the summer of 1980 changed Poland, and that August changed it the most.
He also recalled August 1920 and the Battle of Warsaw, as well as August 1944 and the Warsaw Uprising. – Poland would not be free today, if it were not for all these three August. Each of them has its own unique historical value – he said.
Main photo source: Wojciech Olkuśnik, PAP