WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland is celebrating 30 years since elections that ended communist rule in the country – but political leaders are divided over that legacy.
The opposition argues the 1989 vote, in which Poles chose Solidarity candidates over communists, was a milestone event that peacefully turned Poland into a European democracy.
The government’s opponents, including former president Lech Walesa and top European Union official Donald Tusk, were celebrating with a debate in Gdansk, the cradle of the pro-democracy Solidarity movement, on Tuesday.
But ruling right-wing party leaders see the 1989 elections as flawed. They argue that they stemmed from a deal between Solidarity and communist authorities and allowed the communists to preserve some influence under democracy.
The ruling Law and Justice party was holding observances in Warsaw.