The Polish Round Table Talks led to the legalisation of Solidarity, who soon created a political organisation called; Solidarity Citizens' Committee. The first partly free elections in Poland were held in June 1989, the Polish United ''Workers'' Party was led by Wojciech Jaruzelski and the Solidarity Citizens' Committee was led by Lech Wałęsa. The stalinists still controlled the media and all printing means. So the Solidarity Citizens' Committee had little means to spread their message. In the end, the results were a big surprise for Solidarity. They won 35% of the votes, while Jaruzelski won 37%!
On 30 January 1990, the Polish United ''Workers'' Party dissolved itself. Out of her remnants ''Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland'' and the ''Social Democratic Union'' were founded. The old Stalinist party had tried to rebuild itself, but they soon realized that they had no support among workers. After oppressing, lying and killing the Polish proletariat for over 40 years, the party of Wojciech Jaruzelski decided to end its existence. The new social democratic parties that were created, would never struggle for Marxist socialism!
Jaruzelski became the first president of the Republic of Poland. He only served one year and did not participate in the first free presidential elections in November 1990. Solidarity Trade Union leader Lech Wałęsa was elected with 74% of the vote. Wałęsa turned out to be a class traitor, who sold Poland to capitalism. The now capitalist media of the Republic of Poland claims today that Lech Wałęsa is a hero, for fighting ''communism'' and creating a ''free'' Poland!
Anticommunism grew very fast after 1990 as Marxism was blamed for the nation's bad economy. The media of Poland portrays the 1945-1989 period as ''communist'' and anybody who tries to fight for genuine socialism is called a ''supporter of totalitarianism''. It is no surprise that in such hostile anticommunist climate, the Polish social democrats never tried to be socialist!
Wojciech Jaruzelski retired from the Polish Army in 1991. He took personal responsibility for the crimes of his government against the working class. Jaruzelski said he was deeply sorry for all the evil his Stalinist party caused. Although the anticommunists wanted him trialled, he was never jailed for his actions. In 2008, the conservative government of Lech Kaczyński started a witch hunt against all people who used to work for the Stalinist government. Even former state bureaucrats were called ''communist traitors''. Kaczyński and his anticommunists used the Stalinist period, to start a massive hunt against leftists and progressives. The conservatives also tried to ban the hammer and sickle as ''symbols of totalitarianism'', but they failed in this anti-democratic attempt. Jaruzelski also became a topic again, but he was never jailed!
In private, the old general said that communism has failed. This proofs that Jaruzelski like so many Stalinist leaders never understood what Marx and Lenin wanted. They were guided by the totalitarian believe that only one party had the right to rule. That the economy had to govern by this one party, without workers self management and participation. With their ideals destroyed by capitalism, most stalinists became deeply disillusioned and abandoned politics. Consider that Wojciech Jaruzelski was forced to do slave labour as a 16 year old boy, you should think he knew the true face of stalinism. But in the end, he was corrupted by power and greed. This corruption is common to stalinism. It is therefore that we revolutionary socialists fight against people like Wojciech Jaruzelski, who still rule Cuba, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam and China!
Poland is a capitalist hell on earth. The nation is ruled by corrupt conservatives, who serve the new ruling class. The average wage is 600 euro's ( 818 dollars ) and minimum wage is 405 euro's a month ( before income taxes ). European capitalists love to exploit Polish workers as they are known to be hard working people. Democracy has come, but this is only half the way. When the workers rose up in 1981, they wanted democratic socialism. Their dreams of a free socialist Poland were betrayed by the Solidarity Trade Union leadership, who sold them to capitalism. It comes to no surprise that Lech Wałęsa lost the 1995 presidential elections to a former Stalinist!