Poland Comic Strip- History9B
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In Poland in the 1980's workers began to protest demanding change. A worker named Lech Walesa organized a national trade union know as a Solidarity. The Solidarity gained support of the workers and the Roman Catholic Church. The church was lead by Pope John Paul II who was the first Polish pope.
In 1988, after a new wave of demonstrations the Polish regime approved the free parliamentary elections. In the last 40 years this had been the first free election in Eastern Europe. This election changed the government. It had ended 45 years of Communist rule.
In December 1990, Walesa became president of Poland. Poland had some large struggles, rapid free-market reforms made many people unemployed and not happy. In 1995, Aleksander Kwasnuewski took over as president. With his power he led Poland toward a strong free market economy.
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