Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s Former Dictator, Dies Aged 91

May 25, 2014 4:04 PM

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Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s Former Dictator, Dies Aged 91

WARSAW—Poland’s former dictator Wojciech Jaruzelski, who in the 1980s staged a coup to prevent the collapse of communism and oversaw his country’s debt default, has died at the age of 91, his office said on Sunday.

Gen. Jaruzelski introduced martial law in 1981, which involved tanks in the streets, checkpoints and a curfew. Leaders of the popular Solidarity trade union movement, including Lech Walesa, were detained without court orders and often kept incarcerated for months.

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