Skip to comments.Lech Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street
Posted on 10/13/2011 4:47:31 PM PDT by decimon
Solidarity hero Lech Walesa is flying to New York to show his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
"How could I not respond," Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. "The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand."
A former shipyard worker who led Poland's successful revolt against Soviet communism, Walesa said "capitalism is in crisis" and not just in America.
"This is a worldwide problem," he told the Lublin-based Dziennik Wschodni newspaper. "The Wall Street protesters have focused a magnifying glass on the problem."
Protest organizers said they will welcome Walesa with open arms.
"He fought very, very hard for the rights of all working people," said Doug Forand of the 99 New York campaign, which is affiliated with OWS.
Support from a world-class working-class hero like Walesa puts more pressure on Wall St. and on the government to get "the wealthiest 1% to do their share to create jobs and get us through this economic crisis," he said.
A staunch anti-communist and former Polish president who helped steer his country to a free market economy, Walesa was invited to join the three-week-old protest by organizer Matthew Blair.
Walesa has warned of a "worldwide revolt against capitalism" if the Wall St. protests are ignored.
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Love old Lech. But he must be getting senile. He led the revolt in Poland against communism, not capitalism.
So,someone who supports the free market and capitalism is joining this protest....? WTH?
Big difference, Lech.
When you demonstrated you were trying to lead Poland from socialism to a free market system.
Now you are foolishly supporting a capitalist society being swallowed up by socialism.
I’ve lost a great deal of respect that I had for your previously.
Talk about a mixed message!
He needs to turn around and go home. I find it repulsive supporting here what he rejected over there.
Go home Lech, mind your own business.
Walesa joins the Communists
From afar, this probably looks like the “Arab Spring” to some people. Plus, he is a former labor union leader, and this “Occupy Wall Street” scheme is a union invention.
Hope he doesn’t mind waiting a long while to speak. He’s a white male, and the progressive victim cult rules demand that he wait for the minorities, womyn and LGBTQAEIOUandsometimesY people to speak. Plus, they won’t know who he is.
Lech, don’t they have FOX in Poland? Stop watching NBC and maybe you’ll get a better picture of these sad hippies. Well, maybe the smell will clue you in.
All expense paid trip complements of OWS
Lech’s just uninformed, getting only the leftest media edition of what’s going on.....he’s ignorantly equating it to Solidarity.....
Let’s pray his eyes are opened to see when he gets there that it is the commies who are behind this......
If somebody could please inform Mr. Walesa that he’s supporting a bunch of spoiled commie brats he just might wisen up a little.
Lech, Leck mich im Arsch!
It was well known in Poland years ago that Walesa was actually a tool of the Communists. He was sort of emplaced into Solidarity after some shenanigans.
Does he even know what these protests are about?
We don’t even know. Neither do the protesters.
Staves off Alzheimers.
Lech clearly has no idea what’s going on in the US. His handlers will have to guard and shelter him with extreme care to keep him from noticing the inconsistencies between what he’s been told and the reality on the ground.
Either Lech is ignorant or just plain stupid.
(That's at least a partial explanation for why so many Europeans think Obama is wonderful.)
He better get there before Friday.
I have a feeling he is going to be very surprised when he gets there.
I think he has been given some very bad information. He is not THIS stupid
WTF??? I am in an alternative universe.
Apparently senility has set in. Does he KNOW who these people are.
68 in Poland is the new 78.
Wonder how you say alzheimer in Polish?
Wow... This is REALLY disappointing. How in the world can he support these people when they stand for the very thing he risked his life to end??? Perhaps once he gets here and actually SPEAKS to these people he will realize his mistake. I sure hope so... If not then this will unfortunately end up as the point where Walesa jumped the shark.
I’m guessing that the foreign media (just like ours) aren’t telling the real truth about exactly who is behind this whole OWS spectacle. I’m also guessing that he will be thoroughly disgusted at the filth in the park — definitely NOT at all like what happened in Poland.
Does anyone have a contact with Lech Walesa’s people? Someone needs to inform him of exactly who is behind this...
I sure someone manages to open his eyes before he makes a public appearance and flushes thirty years of hard-won respect down the toilet.
I hate to say it but maybe he was a stooge all those years ago. Some comrades are more equal than others and who's faction was he married too, over their opposition. Sad day when I think one of the principals that helped bring down the Soviet Union was not what we thought.
I still want to know when Gerald Ford said Poland was free in the debates with Carter, was that a Intel Slip and what Intel did he have, i.e did they know then in 76' that the Soviets and their Satellite States were about to collapse....
Doesn't sound like he's at all fuzzy about the goals of this "movement". He's gone to the dark side.
Madness is washing over the earth like a black tide. Nothing should surprise anyone anymore.
Knowing what we know now about the Soviets' long-term strategy at the time (play dead and let the west declare victory), you may be right.
So disappointed to hear this. He was once my hero!
You’re with the communists now, Lech.
Perhaps when he gets there and actually talks to those loons, he may reconsider. We’ll see.
So sad to see a warrior against communism in the 70s and 80s be suckered into the latest Marxist scam called Occupy Wall Street in 2011. He is qualifying himself for the Bozo of the Year Award and doesn’t even know it.
He doesn’t seem to understand is exactly what he fought against. Go figure.
This saddens me.
What the is he doing?
Didn’t we just have a lovely chat about good old Lech last week? Has he lost all sense of integrity?
They’re using him. He must not know all the facts. He is getting older. Someone is pulling on his heart strings. He doesn’t know what is going on. If he knew and understood everything about it, he wouldn’t go. He is being used.
Calm down folks!
He’s a straight shooter just like you know he is.
Wait until he says what he came to say - the mob will turn on him and probably lynch him. You’ll think Rick Santorum just gave the address!!!
As soon as he sees a few signs there, he’ll think it’s pre-Solidarity and he’ll be standing up to them all.
I just got through writing a letter to the contact at the Lech Walesa Institute. I don’t know if he will ever see it, or who runs the institute, etc... I had to write to someone about this though. My heart is breaking to see one of my family’s heroes be used like this. (My husband is of Polish descent and has family who lived through the Soviet Occupation, and supported the solidarity movement.)
I included information in my email about the organizations behind this protest. I explained that these people were Marxists. I also pointed out what they are doing there in the park (public intercourse, public defecation, passing around illegal drugs). I said more, but you get the gist of it.
If anyone would like to add their voice and express their concerns I suppose writing an email to the LW Institute might not hurt. I will be searching for a better contact address, but this is the best I could find quickly...
Lech Walesa Institute Foundation
Al. Jerozolimskie 11/19
00-508 Warsaw, POLAND
ph. +48 (22) 622-22-20
ph. +48 (22) 621-14-92
fax +48 (22) 625-14-14
Honestly, I can’t imagine Walesa supporting these people if he REALLY knew what they were all about. His statement that there are “thousands” in New York is rather telling to me that he’s been fed a bunch of lies. I hope and pray that’s the truth of it...
They won’t have a clue who he is!
They’ll probably jeer him for his acts against the Communist Motherland if any of them have even the slightest clue. He tore down their power in Poland, and he is effectively building them up here! I pray God opens his eyes.
He is, after all, Polish.
He is, after all, Polish.
I’m not understanding your meaning in saying Walesa “is, after all, Polish”.