A statue of Lech Kaczyński was unveiled on Warsaw’s Piłsudski Square this evening. Over six metres high, it is taller than the nearby statue of Piłsudski himself.
Jarosław Kaczyński said that the statue is ‘our victory, proof that…one can win, and that we will keep winning.’
Poland is celebrating the 100 years since it became an independent country.
Lech Aleksander Kaczyński was a Polish lawyer and politician who served as the Mayor of Warsaw from 2002 until 2005 and as the President of Poland from 2005 until his death in 2010. Before he became president, he was also a member of the Law and Justice party.
He died on 10 April 2010, after a Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashed outside of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 aboard. His wife, economist and First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, was also among those killed.
After the death of Kaczyński was announced, a week of mourning was declared by the acting President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, spanning 11 to 18 April with a state funeral for the couple held on 18 April. Several countries observed a day of national mourning on the date of the funeral. The couple were buried together in a crypt in the Wawel Cathedral, Kraków, afterwards.
Lech is the identical twin brother of Jaroslav, the current leader of the Law and Justice party, which they co-founded in 2001.