Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Happy Birthday Solidarity

Foreign leaders have paid tribute to Poland's Solidarity movement at events to mark the founding of the first free trade union in the former Soviet bloc.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the movement had launched an irreversible process towards freedom in eastern Europe.

He was speaking at a conference in Gdansk, the birthplace of Solidarity.

Thousands of people then attended a Mass by the shipyard where Lech Walesa and fellow workers founded Solidarity.

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