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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Wreath from the President laid at the Ryszard Siwiec Monument

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On the 50th anniversary of the death of Ryszard Siwiec, who protested against the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops on Czechoslovakia, the Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Wojciech Kolarski, acting on behalf of President Andrzej Duda, laid a wreath at the monument commemorating Ryszard Siwiec. The monument is located near the National Stadium in Warsaw.


On August 20, 1968, the intervention of the armies of the Warsaw Pact armed forces was launched in Czechoslovakia. In its aftermath, 90 people died and 800 were injured. As a result of the subsequent so-called “normalization effort” the country was pacified.

 

Polish society did not remain passive in this situation. Other protests unfolded in various forms and shapes, and gestures of authentic, unconstrained solidarity with the Czech and Slovak nations were abundant. Among others, leaflets were circulated, inscriptions written on the walls and streets expressing words of solidarity with our neighbors. Flowers were laid in front of the Czechoslovak embassy, and anonymous letters with protests against interventions were sent to embassies of Western countries. Polish students were also sympathetic to the Czechs and Slovaks.

 

As a result of such involvement, over one hundred people were detained, further several hundred were summoned for "preventive-warning talks", dozens of them had appear before magistrates’ courts, and a dozen or so were sentenced to up to three years in prison.
 

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