Poland marks martial law anniversary
December 16, 2013
The Sejm lower house on Friday marked the 32nd anniversary of the December 13, 1981 imposition of martial law in Poland by the country's communist authorities in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement.
In a special resolution the MPs wrote that the martial law experience should serve as a lesson against restricting human rights.
The resolution also paid tribute to the victims of martial law repressions and "all Poles who were persecuted and suffered for their dreams about a reborn, free and democratic Poland".
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and First Lady Anna took part in the "Light a Candle for Freedom' campaign, where Poles, at 7.30pm, lit candles to the victims of the martial law, when some 100 died and thousands were imprisoned during the crackdown by the communist authorities.
The main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, organized a march through the streets of Warsaw to commemorate the anniversary.