Poland - Peyton Stevens

Poland - Peyton Stevens
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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.
  • no free elections
  • everything else
  • free elections
  • 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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