US ambassador praises Poland's role in collapse of communism
US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Thursday, the anniversary of the first partially free elections in post-war Poland, that the anniversary was a reminder of Poland's historic role in the collapse of communism in Europe.
Thirty one years ago, on June 4, 1989, Poland held its first partially free elections under a deal reached by the then communist authorities and the opposition. The victory of Solidarity (Poland's first free trade union) opened a new epoch in Poland's history and influenced the process of the fall of communism in Central Europe.
"Today's anniversary of the first partially free elections in Poland reminds us of the historic role of Poland in the collapse of communism. It was a breakthrough for the peaceful transformation to democracy, which freed Europe from communist oppression," the ambassador tweeted in Polish.