Gdansk – 12

Jerzy Popiełuszko avoided a deliberate car accident on 13th October 1984 but the authorities had yet another plan. It was carried out on 19th October 1984. The priest was beaten by three Security Police officers: Captain Grzegorz Piotrowski, Leszek Pękala, and Waldemar Chmielewski. He was tied up and put in the boot of a car. The officers bound a stone to his feet and dropped him into the Vistula Reservoir. Subsequent investigations found he was conscious when entering the water. He’d been bound in such a way that the more he struggled the more a noose around his neck tightened. This sickened me to my stomach and the people of Poland did not forget who was responsible.

On 4th June, 1989 the Solidarity Civil Committee contested 35% of the seats in the Polish Parliament, the Sejm, and all the seats in The Senate. Solidarity obtained 161 seats in the Sejm, the maximum possible, and 99 out of 100 in The Senate. For some reason, Piotra Baumgarta didn’t find favour with the voters, but all the other 99 Solidarity candidates were elected. 

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