Workers ' protest led to demands for change in Poland. A worker named Lech Walesa organized a national trade union known as solidarity. Solidarity gained the support of the workers and of the Roman Catholic Church.
After a new wave of demonstrations in 1988, the Polish regime agreed to free parliamentary elections. A new government was elected, ending 45 years of Communist rule in Poland.
In December 1990, Walesa was chosen as president. Poland's new path was not easy. Although by the end of 1995 Aleksander Kwasniewski defeated Walesa and became president.