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Crowds show support for Lech Walesa in Gdansk hometown

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Crowds show support for Lech Walesa in Gdansk hometown


Crowds of people have gathered in Gdansk, the cradle of Poland’s 1980s solidarity movement, to show their support for Lech Walesa.

The former democracy leader and ex-president is facing renewed allegations of having collaborated with the country’s communist-era secret police.

Files recently surfaced suggesting that Walesa was an informer in the 1970s for money, before he founded the Solidarity movement that eventually helped to topple communism. He claims the papers are forged.

The protesters gathered at the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers in Gdansk to show their solidarity with Walesa, after the Institute of National Remembrance released the documents.

Walesa also received support in Warsaw on Saturday. It came as tens of thousands rallied to protest moves by Poland’s three-month conservative government, which they say undermine freedoms and the constitution.

Walesa’s supporters accuse the ruling Law and Justice Part of trying to destroy his reputation for political gain.

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