WARSAW, Poland – Lech Walesa is still struggling. The founder of Poland's anti-communist solidarity movement participated in President George H.W.…
WARSAW, Poland – Lech Walesa is still struggling.
The founder of Poland’s anti-communist solidarity movement participated in President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral in Washington carries a T-shirt with the word “Konstytucja” (a constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in its homeland against the populist government.
He and other critics accuse the National Conservative Government Party of Power since 2015, to eradicate the very democracy that Wales helped to achieve, primarily by wiping out the independence of the judiciary.
Some Wales fellow countrymen criticized him and said he should have used more formal clothing when praising his respect for the 41
st president at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. They said there was no time or place to make a political statement about a domestic question.
But defenders say the eccentric and unspoken 75-year-old, once a political prisoner of the Soviet-supported Communist regime and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, have earned the right to do what he wishes.
Walesa said that T-shirt, wearing a dark suit, was his personal gesture of goodbye to an American leader who “fought for freedom, fought for truth and honesty.”
“When I say good-bye I say the fight continues, we ignore democracy in Poland, let the populists and demagogues win. And today we have a problem, “Walesa told Polish reporter before the funeral.
Bush served as President 1989-1993, a time when communism fell over Eastern Europe and Wales became the first president chosen to serve a democratic Poland, a post he held from 1990 to 1995.
Bush gave his support to Solidarity in the last days of the Communist regime and to Poland as it struggled to return to the western democratic world.
In 1989, months after Poland’s first vacant free election for decades, he gave the president’s medal of liberty at the former yard’s electrician at the White House and said: “Lech Walesa showed how an individual could inspire others to believe that it was ruling and changed a nation. “
Poland’s current leaders say that their judicial review is needed to fix a broken legal system that they claim is still influenced by ex-communists. While many agree that the system needs reform, the changes have been condemned by the European Union and human rights, which see a power taken by a party who has also shown a desire to remove media freedom.
Wales’s current game is also rotten in a personal sweep with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful ruling party leader, a former allied turned enemy.
On Thursday, Walesa lost a libel against Kaczynski in a court in Gdansk where Walesa founded Solidarity on a lap a decade ago. Wales had blamed Kaczynski for the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, which killed Kaczynsky’s twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, along with 95 others, including Polish political and military leaders.
In a social media mail, Walesa claimed that Kaczynski, “ruled by bravado”, called the phone to land in heavy fog.
The judge ruled that there is no evidence to back up such a “heavy accusation” and ordered Walesa to apologize.
Walesa, who also carried his Konstytucja T-shirt on the opening day of the trial last month, promised earlier this week to continue wearing it. He said that he will also ask to be buried in “if we do not achieve freedom”.
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