Prime Minister at the 38th anniversary of pacification of the Wujek Coal Mine

 Poland is the unwavering determination of Poles fighting for better future, for freedom and solidarity said Mateusz Morawiecki in Katowice. As he added, This unwavering determination expressed itself 38 years ago.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

The celebrations began with a mass at the Church of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. The subsequent part of the event was held at a symbolic place next to a Cross-Monument commemorating the nine miners killed.

38 years ago, the communist authorities struck at the civil society, at this huge freedom movement of NSZZ “Solidarność” said the Prime Minister. As he emphasised, miners, armed with courage, bravery and the desire to fight for better future and free Poland, stood against tanks and rifles.

The head of the government stressed that the fate of the miners, workers that December constituted the foundation of solidarity and freedom, without which free Poland could not have emerged.

On 16 December 1981, the pacification of the striking staff of the Wujek Coal Mine in Katowice took place, which was conducted by ZOMO and the army after the declaration of the martial law. As a result of the clashes, 9 miners were killed and 23 were injured.

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