The union organizer who led the movement that overthrew Soviet communism in his native Poland 30 years ago, whose actions signaled the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union, is coming to New York to support Occupy Wall Street.
. . . to show his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
“How could I not respond,” Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. “The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand.”
. . . Walesa said “capitalism is in crisis” and not just in America.
“This is a worldwide problem,” he told the Lublin-based Dziennik Wschodni newspaper. “The Wall Street protesters have focused a magnifying glass on the problem.”
. . . A staunch anti-communist and former Polish president who helped steer his country to a free market economy, Walesa . . . has warned of a “worldwide revolt against capitalism” if the Wall St. protests are ignored.
They are protesting the “unfairness” of an economy that enriches a few and “throws the people to the curb,” he said in a recent interview.