Poles honor Reagan, John Paul II with new statue

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish officials unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II on Saturday, honoring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago.

The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organizing or taking part in strikes against the communist regime.


Lech Walesa – Poland’s former president and the founder of Solidarity is hospitalized.

Warsaw – Former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was hospitalized in his native Gdansk, northern Poland with a high fever and stomach problems and was undergoing tests, officials said Thursday.