// 13th of December 1981 - Marshal law was imposed in Poland.
…On the 13th of December 1981, to protect the Communist Party and the Secret Police, General Jaruzelski took the Army to the streets. Army tanks crashed the gates of the striking factories, the clashes resulted in deadly casualties, and thousands of „Solidarity” activists were arrested.
We are grateful to the American people and President Reagan for their solidarity during that time.
Millions of Poles, under extremely difficult conditions, took on the struggle to free political prisoners and to reinstate „Solidarity”. Those who remained faithful to the ideas and principles embodied by „Solidarity” believed that the results of their struggles would not be wasted. This, in the end, has not happened and, instead, the truth regarding the most recent history of Poland has been kept hidden from Polish society.
As a result, the people do not know why the newly won freedom had to result also in the loss of generations’ worth of national property and destruction of the nation’s economy….
/from the letter of legendary leader of first “Solidarity” Andrzej Gwiazda/
We will never forget…