PM: President Kaczyński was a man of the Solidarity movement

Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the unveiling of the monument to the late Polish President PAP/Marcin Bielecki

The late president Lech Kaczyński was a man of Solidarity even before it was established, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, in front of the seat of the Solidarity (anti-communist, 1980s - PAP) movement

The PM took part in the unveiling of the monument to the late Polish President on Saturday.

"Looking at the memorial of President Lech Kaczyński, we see a certain idea of a just Poland, rooted in Western civilisation, a Poland which has the chance of being a great country again," he argued.

The head of the Polish government stressed that the path taken by President Lech Kaczyński was leading to a great and strong Republic of Poland. "Following this path, looking at the signposts, we are building such a Republic of Poland, Mr. President," he said.

Morawiecki also underlined the great courage of Lech Kaczyński in the fight for Poland, from 1968 through to 1976, in the Committee for Social Self-Defence KOR (a Polish civil society group that emerged under the communist rule and whose activities led to the creation of Solidarity) and free trade unions.

"Lech Kaczyński was a man of the Solidarity movement even before it was created", Morawiecki pointed out. "He helped the workers and tried to involve others so that the workers would not feel abandoned. And this also led to the great explosion of Solidarity ," the PM stressed.

Remembering the late president, the prime minister emphasised that Lech Kaczyński was "an intellectual who collaborated with workers, an academic who immersed himself in political activity and a conservative open to the world, open to modernity."

"He believed in a strong Poland, in a strong Europe, but he also believed in a subjective Poland," Morawiecki continued. "He believed that our rightful place in Europe had yet to be regained, that we could not be pushed into the great structures of other European countries," the PM stated.

"We are learning this path to a greater Poland, we want to keep on following it, Morawiecki declared. "We are also here to fulfill your will," he stressed.

On April 10, 2010, a Polish government plane crashed near a military airfield in Smoleńsk, western Russia, killing all 96 people on board, including then Polish President Lech Kaczyński, the First Lady, the last Polish President-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and dozens of senior government officials and military commanders.

The delegation was on its way to nearby Katyń in western Russia to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the 1940 Katyń Forest Massacre in which some 22,000 Polish officers and members of the intelligentsia were murdered at the hands of the Soviets.