Polish embassy celebrates 30th Anniversary of democratic transition

The Ambassador of Poland to Kuwait H.E. Paweł Lechowicz hosted an Iftar banquet on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan at the embassy premises on 3 June. Members of the diplomatic corps, special invitees and media personnel attended the event, which also witnessed the screening of a movie to mark the Polish democratic transition.

The 30th Anniversary of democratic transition commemorates 4 June 1989 when the people of Poland voted in a semi-democratic parliamentary elections, handing a landslide victory to opposition candidates fielded by the Solidarity trade union. The ruling Communist party then ceded defeat, which paved the way for Solidarity to form a government.

That memorable ballot became a turning point not only for Poland, but for the entire former communist bloc in Eastern Europe. Following Solidarity’s advent to power in Poland, the other Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe liberated themselves from the communist yoke before the end of 1989.

The movie screened titled ’Wałęsa: Man of Hope’ by director Andrzej Wajda is a biopic on Lech Wałęsa, the leader of the Solidarity movement and a national hero of Poland.