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    Stamp for the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Solidarity

    Poczta Polska – Polish Post commemorated the 40th anniversary of establishing the trade union “Solidarity” with a stamp that was officially introduced into circulation during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of signing the August Agreements, the company informed. The stamp was issued in the amount of 1 million pieces.

    “We pay tribute to the heroes of our freedom, who were not afraid to put their lives on the line and led to the collapse of the evil empire, that is the Soviet Union,” Tomasz Zdzikot, president of the company, said during the ceremony in the historic BHP hall in the Gdańsk Shipyard. The company informed that the author of the design, Jan Konarzewski, presented on the stamp a hand in the gesture of “Victoria” as a symbol of victory, in the contours of which there is a fragment of a photo showing a spontaneous crowd. 40 years ago, in the summer of 1980, there were strikes in Poland in response to increases of meat prices. Strikes on the Polish coast began in mid-August. On August 30, 1980, the Szczecin agreements were signed, ending the strikes in Western Pomerania. It was the first of the agreements concluded between the striking workers and the communist government. On August 31, 1980, in the BHP hall of the Gdańsk Shipyard, the chairman of the Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee, Lech Wałęsa, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Mieczysław Jagielski, signed the Gdańsk Agreement.

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