Fulfilling the last will of shipyard workers - victims of December 1970
Just you wait, you scoundrel, we shall come and get you - we sang - but we never got him. In 2013, after nearly 20 years, the court of first instance acquitted Stanisław Kociołek. We did not get him, because such was the 3rd Republic of Poland, such was the judiciary of the Republic of Poland, stated Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Szczecin on Sunday.
The head of the government emphasised that
the last will we have inherited from tragically murdered shipyard workers, dockers, students, youth, but also from a soldier, Stanisław Nadratowski - murdered for refusing to shoot at innocent people - is a great testimony thanks to which today we can leave in free Poland and execute this last will.
It is worth to be a Pole, to try, to fight for better Poland
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki referred to the speech of the President of the United States of America Ronald Reagan in the House of Commons, who said that the fight with the Communist regime in Poland would continue for much longer, even into the beginning of the 21st century.
Reagan had undervalued our determination, the determination of our shipyard workers, labourers, students, our patriots. He had undervalued them and it is a great hope. In the time, when we want better Poland, it is worth trying, it is worth to be a Pole and fight for this Poland, because it could be just around the corner and come earlier than we think, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Freedom of Poland measured by crosses
The head of the government stressed that we owe remembrance to the heroes of December 1970, including great preachers and priests.
Including the recently deceased Rev. Stanisław Szwajkosz, who assisted families of those murdered at the time, participated in funerals held at night. Disgraceful to Communist authorities, he reminded.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that at the time the authorities had shown their atrocious, criminal face.
From that time on, there were no more doubts on what these authorities were, authorities who called themselves appointed by workers, but in fact were anti-nation, the authority which had led to enslavement and sustained it, he added.
Our freedom is measured by crosses of mercy, by also by crosses of values and crosses of freedom. To these crosses we owe loyalty and execution of their testament, and the execution is free, strong and equitable Poland, stated Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
47th anniversary of December 1970 in Szczecin
On 17 December 1970, at the news of the then state authorities announcing price increases of food, a strike broke out in Adolf Warski shipyard in Szczecin. Shipyard workers took to the streets. They were joined by workers from other plants and residents of Szczecin.
The protesters went to the centre of the city to the building of the Voivodeship Committee of the PZPR wishing to talk to party officials. As their demand had not been met, they set the Committee building on fire. In response, militia and soldiers started shooting at the crowd. 16 persons were killed, more than 100 injured. Bodies of those killed were buried in secrecy at night, only the closest family could participate in the burial.