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Report: Poland's Ex-dictator Jaruzelski Dies

Sunday, 25 May 2014 11:21 AM

WARSAW — General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's last communist leader who tried but failed to crush the freedom-fighting Solidarity union, died Sunday aged 90, local media reported.

Jaruzelski tried to strangle the Soviet bloc's first free trade union with a brutal military crackdown in 1981. He then became the first-ever communist leader to clear the way for democracy by agreeing to semi-free elections.

The Polish PAP news agency said Sunday it had learned of the death from former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski.

 

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General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's last communist leader who tried but failed to crush the freedom-fighting Solidarity union, died Sunday aged 90, local media reported.
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2014-21-25
Sunday, 25 May 2014 11:21 AM
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