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In the Spotlight: Anniversary of the imposition of martial law

9th December 2013
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Friday this week will mark the 32nd anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Poland by communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski. It remained in force from December 13, 1981 to July 22, 1983, during which many opposition members, including the legendary Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa, were arrested and as many as 100 people were killed by the military. 

general Wojciech Jaruzelski
Courtesy of Solidarnosc.gov.pl

However, instead of uniting Poles, who after all ultimately chased the communist regime out of power, the event looks set to once again simply serve as a backdrop to the so-called “Polish-Polish war” being waged by Poland’s two largest political parties, the ruling Civic Platform (PO) and the opposition Law and Justice (PiS).

PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński has announced that his party will organize a protest march on December 13 in order to draw attention to “social injustice” in modern-day Poland.

In the center of what we want to focus on, what we want to show is the massive social injustice which we are witnessing in our country today,” said Mr Kaczyński, who also spoke of the need for a “patriotic message” to be sent to Poles on that day.

If we want our nation to continue existing, to be a community, then it has to be a consolidated community, and the basis of that must be justice,” said Mr Kaczyński.

The PiS leader will no doubt use the occasion to deliver yet another of his fiery speeches bashing the ruling party and implying that it is, in fact, little better than an extension of the former communist party.

Meanwhile, PO politicians will likely once again remind Mr Kaczyński of the fact that while he is playing the hero today, he was in fact not interned during martial law as he was considered too insignificant a figure by the communist regime.

Remi Adekoya


From Warsaw Business Journal


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