Monument of Fallen Shipyard Workers

 

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In December 1970 in Poland, especially in Gdańsk and Gdynia, had place one of the most important strikes against communist government. The regime used a force, and about 40 young people died.


The main reason of strike was sudden rise of the prices, without any rise of the salaries. The protest was started by a Gdańsk shipyards workers, the production stops and people went to the streets. The strike last from 14th to 22nd of December, and Polish People Army and the Citizen's Militia killed more than forty people and wounded about thousand.
Although the tries to build a monument of Fallen Workers started in 1971, the founds were gathered and project was chosen, the realisation was possible only ten years later, after so called Gdańsk Agreement.
The monument has shape of three 42 meters high crosses, every with a anchor on it and a bas-relief with scenes with shipyard workers. The Solidarności (Solidarity) Square, where the crosses stands, is the place where first shots from Militia had place.





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