Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, opening the opposition's campaign for June 4 parliamentary elections, said Poland has yet to achieve democracy but has taken a "considerable step in this direction."

Sunday marked the opening day of the campaign in which 261 opposition candidates are running for seats in the country's two legislative bodies.Throughout the country, tables were set up outside churches to collect donations and signatures on petitions for the opposition candidates.

Walesa, standing atop a barrel outside St. Brygida's Roman Catholic Church after Sunday mass, introduced the eight Solidarity candidates for the Gdansk area to a crowd of more than 7,000 people.