Thursday, October 13, 2011

Polish Hero Lech Walesa in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

It will be interesting to see how Occupy Wall Street's critics respond to this:
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...Walesa has warned of a "worldwide revolt against capitalism" if the Wall St. protests are ignored.

They are protesting the "unfairness" of an economy that enriches a few and "throws the people to the curb," he said in a recent interview.

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