Tolland, Connecticut (AP) — A Connecticut soldier from Poland was quite surprised when responding to an SUV with a flat tire on Wednesday — the car passenger happened to be former Polish President Levwaresa. ..
State police told Walesa on Tuesday as part of a U.S. tour advocating assistance to refugees fleeing Ukraine during the war with Russia when Trooper Lukas Reperto arrived at Toland’s call. He said he was greeted.
A 35-year-old Reperto, who came to the United States at the age of 18, told Hartford Courant about Walesa in Poland and their hometown, and that Walesa, an anti-communist movement, took the lead.
“It was a great opportunity to meet a man who was speaking out at the time,” said Reperto. “It was definitely a great experience.”
Walesa, 78, led a national solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s. Eventually defeated Polish Communist Party leader He won the Nobel Prize in 1983 and was the first general elected president in Poland from 1990 to 1995. He strongly criticizes Poland’s current right-wing regime.
A vehicle service worker changed tires and Walesa continued down the I-84. One of his next destinations is an event in Boston on Monday.