Maciej Jankowski, a former Solidarity activist and former member of the AWS (Solidarity Electoral Action) decided yesterday to return a medal he received in 2009 from the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński.

Maciej Jankowski

Maciej Jankowski in Monika Olejnik’s “Kropka nad i”

Mr Jankowski was the guest of Monika Olejnik in her programme called “Kropka nad i” (The dot over an i), and while on air he returned the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland (Order of Polonia Restituta), which he received from Lech Kaczyński for his activity in the “Solidarity” movement, with the request to sell it on auction and raise money for food for “pack of wolves”.

Times are changing so fast that it’s no longer fitting for me to even have it at home – said Jankowski – Professor Bartoszewski said that if you could not do anything, then at least behave decently. So it will be decent to get rid of the Order.

Maciej Jankowski said that the act was an expression of opposition to what is happening in Poland.

It is a horror, to destroy the country in this way – he said – For 25 years it has been being built, slowly but surely it was getting better. All can be destroyed in only a few weeks.

Maciej Jankowski was a welder, a union activist, a member of the third term Parliament, a councilor of the regional council of Mazovia. He joined the Solidarity movement in 1980 and was one of the leaders of Mazovia union structures. During the martial law (13.12.1981 – 22.07.1983) he was interned from 13th December 1981 to 27th March 1982. He became vice-chairman of Solidarity for the Mazovia region in 1990, and in 1998 the regional union leader. He was elected for Parliament as a Warsaw candidate of AWS. Later he was tied to the Conservative People’s Party. He supported the creation of the Civic Platform in 2001. In 2010 he withdrew from politics.

The act of returning a medal received from the hands of a Law and Justice President was a clear statement of not supporting the current governing party.

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