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Solidarnosc began in Poland as a political movement of the People against oppressive and dominating markets. Their solidarity brought them together as the Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union Solidarnosc.

This was founded as a result of worker protests and established on the basis of the Gdansk Accords signed on 31st August 1980 by the Inter-enterprise Strike Committee and the Government Commission.

Led by an electrician called Lech Walesa, they began by fighting for the right to establish free trade unions, freedom of speech and the right to strike. The communist regime at the time did not allow these rights to pass.

After many strikes, the imprisonment of Lech Walensa, many deaths, arrests and huge political debate, the Communist Government failed and Solidarnosc came to power in Poland.