Vuvuzelas go East

2010-06-24 12:46

Poland’s trade union Solidarity is eyeing the South African

vuvuzela as an attention-getter to use at protests.

The South African horn has caught the eye of the labour union once

lead by Lech Walesa, famous for his anti-communist protests in the 1980s, the

daily Metro reported.

Marek Lewandowski, a close aid to Solidarity’s leadership, said:

“If we don’t surprise people with anything during protests and if protests are

quiet, then nobody notices them.”

Other unions also said the loud horn will boost their current

arsenal of sirens and horns already commonly used during protests.

Grzegorz Ilka, of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions, said:

“We will already be armed with vuvuzelas in the autumn. We will hand these horns

out to union members before protests. For a protest of 7 000-10 000 people, some

200-300 instruments will be enough.”

Poland did not qualify for the World Cup in South Africa but the

deafening horns have also proved popular for internet retailers.

Retailer Adam Bielak said: “I get orders for 200-300 pieces a day.”

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