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Solidarity (Polish: Solidarnosc) a Polish trade union federation that emerged on August 31, 1980 at the Gdansk Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Walesa. It was the first non-communist party-controlled trade union in a Warsaw Pact country. Earlier Solidarity activists celebrated the 31st anniversary in Elblag, a small town some 60 km east of Gdansk. Elblag had close connections to Norwegian city of Stavanger, who sent help in several trailers throughout the eighties. Earlier Solidarity comrades, from left to right: Boguslaw Szybalski, Darek Brzozowski, Teddy Chmielewski