Lech Wałęsa

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Lech Wałęsa (born 1943) was a leader in Solidarity, a Polish anti-Communist labour organization that arose in the port city of Gdańsk in the 1980s. Poland, was at the time, a Soviet satellite nation. In 1980, Walesa led a strike at the Gdańsk shipyard, which led to strikes throughout Poland for workers' rights. He was awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his actions. [1]

In 1990, he was elected president of Poland, and served until 1995.


  1. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1983/walesa-bio.html