German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Saturday that the trade union ‘Solidarity’ in the 1980s launched the processes that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Merkel called the people of “Solidarity” “heroes of freedom”.
Merkel recalled that the opponents of the communist government in Poland wanted to create independent trade unions in order to fight for their rights together and that through brave protest they managed to make changes for the better.
“Solidarity created a force that pulled other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Also in Germany, both in the GDR and in the Federal Republic of Germany, we followed closely what the fearless Poles and Poles managed to win,” the Chancellor emphasized.
DW notes that Merkel believes that this year’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of German reunification cannot take place without the memory of the Gdańsk protesters who have become the “role model”.
“Ten years earlier, they showed the way for civil rights activists in the GDR. Their efforts for freedom triggered the processes that eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain,” the Chancellor said.
Monday is the 40th anniversary of signing the August Agreements and the creation of the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarity”.