Solidarity • Gdańsk Local Tours

Solidarity tour

Walk the path that has begun ere freedom for half the countries in Europe!


Gdańsk Local Tours

On August 14, 1980, a strike broke out in the Gdansk Shipyard headed by Lech Wałęsa.

21 demands are made for the communist authorities - one of the most important was legas foundation of SOLIDARNOŚĆ. On 31 August 1980, the Polish chimneys dependent on the USSR, under the pressure of strikes, agree to establish an independent trade union SOLIDARNOŚĆ. On the night of 12 to 13 December 1981, martial law was imposed in Poland to restore public order. SOLIDARITY is dissolved and thousands of its activists and supporters were arrested and detained in special camps. The movement was forced to go underground. In the late 1980s, the communist authorities were forced to talk to the underground opposition. At the turn of 1988-1989 a round table was held, during which the basic directions of necessary reforms and general elections were discussed. On the basis of the success of Solidarity, other countries of the Soviet camp followed in Polish footsteps. Poland was the first, followed by Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria to gain real independence from the USSR. This period is called the "autumn of peoples". The Soviet Union could no longer prevent the reunification of Germany. In 1991, the Warsaw Pact broke up and the Soviet troops withdrew from the Central European countries. Thus, the division of Europe, established in 1945, disappeared, when the decisions of the great powers at the conference in Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam set the sphere of influence of the USSR in Central Europe.

Join the trip to help you understand this complicated story of Gdańsk and its people. A story that still raises many emotions and a number of questions. Walk the path that has begun ere freedom for half the countries in Europe!