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Poland mourns for Lech Kaczynski

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Poland mourns for Lech Kaczynski


People in Poland have been able to pay their last respects to President Lech Kaczynski, as his coffin lay in the crypt of Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

Previous controversy over the choice of his burial site was put aside, as he and his wife lay in a place traditionally reserved for Polish royalty.

Earlier, many had queued to glimpse the funeral procession. “My heart is heavy on this difficult day. It’s a hard experience when you see it with your own eyes. I didn’t get the chance in Warsaw, so I came to Krakow,” said one female mourner.

Another man said he thought it was important to attend: “It was worth waiting in line for. I came from Warsaw, but it was worth the wait.”

As the coffins of Kaczynski and his wife made their way through the city, people lined the streets chanting the president’s name, waving flags and banners of the 1980s anti-communist Solidarity movement.

Perhaps a fitting tribute to a president who died on his way to commemorate Stalin’s massacre of Polish officers in Katyn.

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