Poles' pursuit of rights to continue, Walesa says
Martial law in Poland has only slowed social reform and a peaceful drive for ''basic rights'' will continue, Lech Walesa said in a letter read to graduates at Harvard University's 332nd commencement.Skip to next paragraph
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Mr. Walesa, the former leader of Poland's banned Solidarity labor union, who declined an invitation to speak at the ceremony, said the Solidarity movement resulted in ''practical'' changes created by a raised ''consciousness'' in Poland.
''It is a fact which truly exists and has great impact on reality,'' Mr. Walesa said. ''This is why we do not have to overthrow the system; It is weaker than the national self-awareness, it either shrinks before it or absorbs it.''