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.
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