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Gdańsk. Celebration of the 35th anniversary of the elections on June 4, 1989

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We must mobilize ourselves and on June 9 make again the choice we made 35 years ago. Repeat the choice for freedom, self-determination, the choice for a wise, free, solidary, better, open to others Poland – said Szymon Hołownia, Marshal of the Sejm, on Tuesday in Gdańsk.

On Tuesday, a ceremony commemorating the 35th anniversary took place at Solidarity Square in Gdańsk elections June 4, 1989, with the participation of participants of historical events and representatives of the state authorities, parliament and local government, as well as the former president Lech Wałęsa.

The ceremony is part of the Freedom and Civil Rights Day, which takes place in Gdańsk from June 1.

Szymon Hołownia in GdańskTVN24

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“We still have to learn this freedom”

Marshal of the Sejm Szymon Hołownia he emphasized that “today we are at a moment when reality poses very difficult questions.”

– We know well that even if we take the freedom we have had for 35 years, add communism to it and count it as a time of freedom, and add the interwar period, the time of freedom is still shorter than the lasting partitions. We still have to learn this freedom, we are constantly testing it, we are constantly testing ourselves in these conditions of freedom as a nation, he said.

Marshal Hołownia also referred to the issue of this year's elections to the European Parliament. – You know very well how much danger we face in these elections, how many candidates we have around us who say directly that Poland should be taken out of the European Union (…). Today we must mobilize ourselves and, on June 9, make again the choice we made 35 years ago. Repeat this selection. A choice for freedom, a choice for self-determination, a choice for a wise, free, solidary, better, hospitable Poland, open to others. This is what is at stake in these elections, he added.

Ceremony commemorating the 35th anniversary of the elections on June 4, 1989 in GdańskTVN24

“Democracy and freedom are not given once and for all”

Mayor of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz pointed out that on the 35th anniversary of partially free elections, it is worth asking ourselves how many challenges we face in Poland, Europe and the world. As she emphasized, “democracy and freedom are not given once and for all.”

– We are here today with representatives of the Ukrainian nation, which is bravely facing Russian aggression. Representatives of Belarusians are with us, but let us also remember about the Russian opposition, which is in jail when they dare to talk about human rights, democracy, freedom. Therefore, today let us be proud of what we have achieved together, said the mayor of Gdańsk.

On June 4, 1989, elections to the Sejm and Senate were held, the rules of which were established during the Round Table discussions. The overwhelming victory of the Solidarity candidates opened a new era in the recent history of Poland and influenced the process of the fall of communism in Central Europe.

Turnout in the first round of elections (June 4) was high – approximately 62%. The result was a success for Solidarity – 60 percent. voters cast their votes for candidates put forward by the Solidarity Citizens' Committee. Out of 161 parliamentary seats intended for the opposition then, “S” won 160 in the first round, as well as 92 seats out of 100 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.

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