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    1. for those who don't get this: current Polish govt wants to undermine Walesa, as a way of undermining the achievements of past 25 years

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    Amazing. Polish state TV in 1985 attacks Wałęsa, sounds just like Polish state TV attacking Wałęsa in 2017

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    2. they want to present their nationalist/populist, anti-Western program as "true" democracy. Never mind that it excludes 60% of Poles...

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    3. the ruling party leader also wants to make his dead brother, Lech Kaczynski, the "true" hero of the anti-communist Solidarity movement

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    4. but to do that, he has to eliminate Walesa and manipulate history - because his brother's actual role in Solidarity was extremely minor

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    5. There are lots of precedents for this kind of thing, i.e. Stalin writing himself into the Bolshevik revolution as a hero

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    6. FWIW I don't think he will succeed - too many people still remember 1981, which wasn't that long ago. And nobody is afraid of Kaczynski.

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    7. State TV is nervous because we are nearing anniversary of Aug 31, the day Walesa signed the Gdansk agreement, a huge Solidarity victory

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    8. And Walesa is in all of the 1918 photographs. Neither Lech nor Jaroslaw Kaczynski are anywhere to be seen. ENDS

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    sorry, that should be 1981 photographs. like this one

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    and here's Lech Walesa signing the Gdansk agreement. Huge, triumphant moment for Polish civil society, and for international democracy.

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