'Cucumber' bus shows Gdańsk's communist-era history 29.08.2017 14:36 A Polish retro "Ogórek" or "Cucumber" bus is touring Gdańsk spots related to the events of August 1980, which saw a peak in protests against the policies of the communist regime. A Jelcz 'ogórek' bus. Photo: Artur Andrzej/Wikimedia Commons (CC0)A Jelcz 'ogórek' bus. Photo: Artur Andrzej/Wikimedia Commons (CC0)
The bus left the Institute of National Remembrance in Gdańsk to drive to the top spots associated with the half-month of strikes and protests 37 years ago.
The strikes, which had their epicentre in Gdańsk, ultimately led to the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union - which was instrumental in bringing down communism in Poland a decade later.
On 30 August 1980 alone, 700 work places and 700,000 people went on strike, and public transport was at a standstill in 13 cities across Poland.
That same day, the so-called August agreement was signed, which saw free trade unions set up, censorship limited, and allowed people sacked after protests in the 1970s to be re-employed. (vb/pk)