The Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers
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The Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers
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The 42-metre high monument, composed of three crosses with anchors, was unveiled on 16th December 1980. Commonly called the ‘three crosses', it is a place of numerous ceremonies and visits paid by important guests and politicians to Gdańsk. The monument is located next to the historic gate no. 2 of the Gdańsk Shipyard which became a symbolic place during the strikes of ‘August 80'. The monument commemorates the victims of ‘December 70', when, as a consequence of brutal suppression of workers' demonstrations by the communist authorities six people died in Gdańsk (in Szczecin, Gdynia, Gdańsk and Elbląg 39 people died in total). The reason for the strikes and demonstrations was a rise in prices of food, introduced on 12th December 1970. The main centres of December 70 rebellion were cities in the north of Poland (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Elbląg). Here shipyards were the biggest workplace rebellion centres. On 14th December 1970 workers from Lenin's Gdańsk Shipyard as the first ones refused to begin work and a crowd of several thousand people went to the seat of PZPR (the Polish United Workers' Party) Provincial Committee in Gdańsk. The biggest clashes between demonstrators and the army took place on 17th December 1970. On that day the protestors set fire to the building of the Provincial Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party.

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Author of the photo: Radosław Paternoga
Author of the photo: Radosław Paternoga
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Author of the photo: Radosław Paternoga
Author of the photo: Radosław Paternoga
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Author of the photo: Radosław Paternoga
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Author of the photo: Radosław Paternoga
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Location: POLAND, pomorskie, Gdańsk