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Pole marks 25 years of Solidarity

Czarek Sokolowski, Associated Press

Former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa speaks in Gdansk, Poland, during celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Polish trade union Solidarity. World leaders paid tribute to Solidarity on Wednesday, saying the labor movement launched in Gdansk shipyards was a catalyst for some of the most profound changes Europe has seen, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, and democratic revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia. During an outdoor Mass at the gates of the shipyard, the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II was honored for his role in inspiring the birth of Solidarity.