Poland’s Last Communist Ruler Jaruzelski Dies After Long Illness
General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last communist leader who oversaw his country’s turbulent transition to democracy in 1989, died on Sunday after a long illness, Polish state news agency PAP said. Jaruzelski, born on July 6, 1923, a stern enigmatic figure in his trademark thick dark glasses, is best known for declaring martial law in 1981 to save Poland’s deeply unpopular communist rulers and suppress the pro-democracy Solidarity movement.
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