News | United States: when an American-Polish policeman helps out on the highway… ex-president Lech Walesa

By La Provence (with AFP)

Extraordinary coincidence when on a Connecticut highway an American policeman of Polish origin came across … the former Polish president and icon of freedom Lech Walesa, who broke down in his car with a flat tire, boasted the local police on Thursday .

State Police Troopers from Connecticut in the northeastern United States were called to a stationary vehicle with a flat tire on Interstate 84 in Tolland on Wednesday afternoon, police said. on his Facebook page, making the delights of the local American press.

When they arrived, the police “were greeted by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and first president elected by popular vote in Poland, Lech Walesa”greeted the state police by broadcasting a photo of the ex-head of state, legendary white mustache, blue sweater and pants, sitting in a car and warmly shaking the hand of the agent all smiles.

This policeman, Lukasz “Lipert, born in Poland, was more than grateful for the opportunity to help such an influential figure and to briefly discuss the history of Poland with him”welcomed the police on Facebook.

According to local media, Constable Lipert, 35, born in Poland, has lived and worked in the United States since the age of 18 and spoke to Lech Walesa, in Polish, about their country and the anti-communist movement that the former trade unionist helped to lead.

An icon of freedom in Poland, Lech Walesa, historic leader of the Solidarity trade union, was the first democratically elected president of post-communist Poland (1990-1995).

Aged 78, he is visiting the northeastern United States to “to promote the cause of Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland and to meet with (the international NGO) World Affairs Council of Connecticut and the office of (Democrat) Governor Ned Lamont”according to Connecticut police.

The northeast of the United States has millions of Poles, Ukrainians and Americans of origin from these two Eastern European countries, particularly visible since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February.

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