Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: The sacrifice of the miners has become a lantern of liberty

The celebration of the 37th anniversary of the Pacification at the Wujek Coal Mine was started with a holy mass at the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church. The further part of the ceremony was held at a symbolic place under the Cross-Monument which commemorates the nine fallen miners.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

During the ceremony, the Roll Call of the Fallen was read. The families of the fallen and representatives of the authorities laid wreaths and flowers before the monument.

During his address, the Head of the Government paid tribute to all heroes who had opposed the Communist regime and had given their lives to independent Poland. The Prime Minister stressed that we should care about truth and memory all the time.

For me, at those times, in the eighties, the sacrifice of the miners from the Wujek Coal Mine was a great lantern of liberty said the Prime Minister and highlighted that they had died in the name of solidarity and union ties.

Before the holy mass, the Prime Minister participated in dinner with the families of the fallen miners.

Pacification at the Wujek Coal Mine

The protesting miners demanded lifting the martial law and releasing the head of the company’s Solidarity, Jan Ludwiczak, as well as other arrested activists from across the country. The authorities of the Polish People's Republic decided to pacify the rebellion of the miners. On 16 December 1981, tanks broke the wall surrounding the coal mine and the Motorised Reserves of the Citizens’ Militia forces entered its premises.

A bloody result of the pacification of the Wujek Coal Mine were nine people killed and twenty three people wounded. The youngest miner among the fallen was only 19.

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