Poland Marks 30th Anniversary Of Coal Mine Massacre
By SONJA DECHIAN | Published: DECEMBER 21, 2011
Poland has marked the 30th anniversary of the Wujek coal mine massacre, a communist-era crackdown on workers striking against the declaration of martial law.
In 2007 a court sentenced 15 former riot police for the 1981 shootings.
Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski visited the Wujek coal mine in Katowice on December 16th. ‘We pay honor, remembering that their spilled blood and sacrifice prepared the road to Poland’s freedom,’ he said.
Last Tuesday, Poland commemorated the solidarity movement and the anniversary of the declaration of martial law with ceremonies, protests and church services around the nation.