Poland's Walesa out of hospital
Former President Lech Walesa, center, strides out of a hospital Wednesday in Gdansk, Poland, after a three-week stay.
June 30th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Poland's Walesa out of hospital

Lech Walesa, the former union leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Polish president, was released from a hospital after three weeks of treatment for pneumonia, Polish news media report.

Television reports showed Walesa, 67, exiting the hospital Wednesday in his hometown of Gdansk, Trend News Agency reported.

Walesa in the early 1980s led Gdansk shipyard workers in labor actions that evolved into the peaceful Solidarity movement that led to the fall of Poland's Communist government in 1989.

Walesa, who went on to become president of Poland from 1990 to 1995, received a cardiac pacemaker in the United States in 2008, thenews.pl reported.

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    What angers me here is that the right-wing media never gives any credit to the man who brought democracy to Poland, namely Wojcek Jaruzelski. Through this man and his skillful diplomacy, Poland gradually became a democracy but the right-wing media never mentions that. It shows just how much the thugs in Washington control the Press!

    June 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    That's right, Ruffie, I remember Jaruzelski now that you mention him. I know Walesa was a hero to his people, but we would be remiss in not giving credit to Jaruzelski, simply because Walesa is the favorite for the media to concentrate on! I'm afraid that happens more than we're even aware of!!

    June 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bill

    That's because Jaruzelski was a communist who inst ituted martial law which, in effect made him a di ctator.

    June 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Was part of that skillful diplomacy the killing of 40 people? Just because the far left has a h ardon for dictators doesn't mean the rest of us do.

    June 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. troll baba loo

    I thought he died years ago.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LEON


    July 10, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Githa

    There\'s a terrific amnout of knowledge in this article!

    September 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |