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Donald Tusk: On June 4, let's meet at Castle Square

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On June 4, on the 35th anniversary of the first partially free elections and the first anniversary of the great march of the then opposition, another assembly is to be held in Warsaw at Castle Square. This was announced by Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

“On June 4, 1989, we chose freedom and the West. On June 4, a year ago, we marched to regain it. On June 4, 2024, let's meet not to lose it. Warsaw, Castle Square, 6 p.m.,” wrote Prime Minister Donald Tusk on the X platform.

In response to a question, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister clarified that it was a meeting with citizens in the form of a rally.

The first partially free elections

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June 4 marks the 35th anniversary of the first partially free parliamentary elections in the history of Poland after World War II. They opened the way to full freedom after the era of the Polish People's Republic

The elections of June 4, 1989 were the result of an agreement concluded between the communist authorities and representatives of part of the opposition and the Church during the Round Table talks.

Turnout in the first round (June 4) was high – approx. 62%. Their result was a success for Solidarity – 60 percent. voters cast their votes for candidates put forward by the Solidarity Citizens' Committee. Out of 161 possible parliamentary seats, “S” won 160 seats in the first round, as well as 92 seats out of 100 seats in the Senate. In the second round, the Solidarity Citizens' Committee won the last available parliamentary seat; In the Senate elections, “S” won a total of 99 out of 100 seats.

On May 24, 2013, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland of the 7th term established June 4 as the Day of Freedom and Civil Rights.

Half a million on the streets of the capital

A year ago, On June 4, a march called by the chairman of PO, Donald Tusk, took place through the streets of Warsaw “against high prices, theft and lies, for free elections and a democratic, European Poland.”

Those gathered filled the streets between Na Rozdrożu Square and Zamkowy Square. Monika Beuth, spokeswoman for the capital city hall, said that “the Capital Security Center estimated that about 500,000 people took part in the march.” Opposition politicians, including its leaders, numerous representatives of social organizations, as well as ordinary citizens were present.

READ: Tusk: No one can stop this voice, this wave. The giant woke up.

Main photo source: Paweł Supernak/PAP

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