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  • Worker's protests led to demands in Poland. A worker named Lech Walesa organized national trade union that was known as Solidarity. It gained much support especially from the Roman Catholic church run by Pope John Paul II. In the 1980s, Walesa was arrested but the protest continued. 
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  • After a new wave of demonstrations in the year 1988, the Polish regime agreed to free parliamentary elections. It was the first free election in 40 years. After a new government was elected it ended 45 years of Communism. 
  • December of 1990, Walesa was elected President. Poland's new path it wasn't an easy one. Rapid free markets let to severe unemployment and popular discontent. At the end of 1995, Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former Communist, he defeated Walesa, he became the president and continued moving Poland's prosperous free market economy. 
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