Monument of late president Lech Kaczyński unveiled in Warsaw

President Andrzej Duda, the brother of the deceased president Jarosław Kaczyński and Lech Kaczyński’s daughter Marta unveiled the monument. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

The official unveiling of the monument of Poland’s late president Lech Kaczyński took place on Saturday evening in central Warsaw.

President Andrzej Duda, the brother of the deceased president Jarosław Kaczyński and Lech Kaczyński’s daughter Marta unveiled the monument, with the latter symbolically cutting the white-and-red ribbon.

“I would like to thank all those, who in any way contributed to the creation of this monument, to the fact that it is present in this specific place,” Jarosław Kaczyński said, mentioning three people whose contribution was especially significant: the head of the government’s Standing Committee Jacek Sasin, the Prime Minister’s chief aide, Marek Suski and the Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

“The unveiling of the monument is our victory, this is the proof that ‘where there's a will there's a way,’” the leader of the Law and Justice party said.

“Lech Kaczyński made it possible to confront the widely accepted ‘postcommunism’, the system was undoubtedly better than the communist regime, but still full of malfunctions and injustice,” Jarosław Kaczyński said, quoting his late brother who said that “the state was strong towards the weak, and weak against the strong”.

The monument is located at Piłsudski Square in central Warsaw, in front of the premises of the Warsaw Garrison Command.

The late President Lech Kaczyński died along with his wife and 94 other passengers on the presidential plane, which crashed on April 10, 2010 in Smolensk, Russia.

Earlier this year, a monument to the victims of the 2010 Smolensk plane crash was unveiled in Warsaw on the eighth anniversary of the tragedy.

Lech Kaczyński was a Polish politician who served as the mayor of Warsaw during the years 2002-2005 and as the President of Poland from 2005 until his death in 2010. In the 1970s and 1980s, Lech Kaczyński was engaged in the anti-communist movement in Poland. After the communists imposed martial law in December 1981, he was interned as an “anti-socialist element”. After his release, he returned to underground activities of the Solidarity trade union.

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