Walesa to attend funeral mass for Poland’s last communist leader

Lech Walesa, the legendary leader of the Solidarity movement that overthrew Communist rule in Poland, said on Thursday he will attend a funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the country’s last Communist leader to be buried in Warsaw’s Powazki cemetery on May 30.

Under pressure from Moscow Gen. Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland on Dec. 13, 1981 in an attempt to crush the nationwide Solidarity freedom movement. Thousands of political opponents were imprisoned and as many as 100 people lost their lives over an 18-month period. Walesa was detained for almost a year.

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