Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the anniversary of December 1970: we must clarify all problems from the past

Already in free Poland we have been told - leave the history behind, look into the future, but we know that there shall be know equitable future, if we fail to clarify all problems from the past and if we fail to pay tribute to heroes from those years, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the anniversary of December 1970.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The blood was not shed in vain

The blood was not shed in vain, it was a milestone on the path to freedom; the path to 21 postulates of MKS in August 1980 definitely led through this sacrifice of shipyard workers, dockers, workers of December 1970. Here in Gdynia, Gdańsk, in the Tricity, in Szczecin, along the entire Polish coast, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Memorial of Victims of December 1970 in Gdynia.

As the head of the government emphasised, there would be no equitable future, no opportunity to fight for better Poland if we did not clarify all issues from the past and if we did not commemorate our heroes from those years and rebuild the truth about our past. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki added that as the 21 postulates would have not been possible without December 1970, any subsequent attempt to fight for better Poland, stronger and more equitable, would have not been possible without preceding ones.

Boys from Grabówek, boys from Chylonia, today militia fired on us. That black Thursday, the day before and still the days after, were the tragic days, which paved the way to Polish freedom, he said. Don’t cry mother, this is not in vain, said the lyrics of the song we sang repeatedly. While nothing will bring lives back to those boys and girls, those men and women, their blood was not in vain, emphasised Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

We must remember

This great sacrifice made at the time, had shown the real face of the Communist regime in those years. The masks had fallen. Illusions, still fed by some, became the thing of the past, said the head of the government. We also owe our memory to those, who took care about those harmed, injured, such as Father Hilary Jastak, in those very sad days, dark years following these tragic event of December 1970, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister honoured with the Ring of Inka

In the course of the event Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was honoured with the Ring of Inka, awarded for the patriotic stance and promotion of memory of Cursed Soldiers. The ring was handed to him by Gdańsk Metropolitan bishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź.

You belong to those who witnessed these events, in particular your family, your father. In this line of indomitable soldiers, there is Inka Danuta Siedzikówna and the chapter of the Ring of Inca awarded the ring number three to you, said the bishop. He reminded that the ring number one was awarded to President Andrzej Duda, while the second one was given to Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

A meeting with participants of the anniversary of December 1970

Following official ceremonies of the 47th anniversary of December 1970 in Gdynia, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with their participants. I thank shipyard workers and entrepreneurs rebuilding the shipyard industry, the head of the government addressed those paying tribute to the victims of December 1970.

47th anniversary of December 1970

Sunday ceremonies - not far from the Gdynia-Stocznia fast rail station, where 47 years ago shots had been fired at workers - were also attended by: Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, the head of NSB Paweł Soloch, the head of Solidarity Piotr Duda, Gdańsk Metropolitan Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź, Pomeranian Voivode Dariusz Drelich, President of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek, the Minister of Maritime Economy Marek Gróbarczyk and Law and Justice parliamentary deputies.

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