The Spirit of Solidarity

With caution and restraint, the opposition fights on

Lech Walesa was back in the spotlight last week, holding aloft a bouquet of flowers and basking in the cheers of 1,500 supporters gathered near the Lenin Shipyard in the Baltic port of Gdansk. Four years ago, the outspoken electrician had scaled the shipyard gates and assumed the leadership of a strike that gave birth to Solidarity, the Communist bloc's first independent trade union. Solidarity was officially suspended in 1981, when the regime of General Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law...

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