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Worker protests began in Poland. These were lead by a man named Lech Walesa. He also organized a national trade union known as Solidarity. This supported the workers and the end of the Roman Catholic Church. Walesa was later arrested.
In 1988, the Polish regime agreed to free parliamentary elections. The first free election was in Eastern Europe about 40 years later. This election ended 45 long years of communism in Poland.
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Walesa was elected as president in December of 1990. Rapid free-market reforms soon led to severe unemployment and popular discontent. In 1995, a new president was elected and started leading Poland towards success.
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