Poland Last Communist Leader Dies While Trials Continue
Poland’s last Communist leader Jaruzelski died on May 25 at
age of 90.
His dictatorship in military control of Poland, suppression of
dissidents and bloody crackdown on striking workers, not
only caused heavy casualties in Poland, but also brought him
lifelong infamy and trials until his death.
Jaruzelski was last prosecuted on January 12, 2012.
At age of 88, Jaruzelski was ruled by a Warsaw court, with a
handful of military officials, to constitute an illegal criminal
After 1948, Poland’s communist party, the Polish United
Workers Party, led Poland the most unruly socialist
country in Eastern Europe. Many massive worker strikes
occurred as a result of a poor economy, inflation, and
social discontent over lack of democracy and threat of Soviet
Jaruzelski joined Poland’s communist party at a young age.
In a demonstration of the 1970s, his military order to open fire
against the protestors won him promotions from the Poland
In 1981, he became the First Secretary of the Central Committee
of the Polish United Workers Party, the Prime Minister, and the
Minister of National Defense, holding the power of the party,
the politics, and the military.
In the 1980s, Solidarity Union, the first non-Communist
Party-controlled trade union in a Warsaw Pact country, was
Solidarity, with about 80% of Poland’s workers as members, had
grown in popularity, while the Jaruzelski led government was
Jaruzelski’s government was determined to crush Solidarity.
In December 1981, Poland went into martial law. Tanks went
on the streets of Warsaw, tens of thousands of dissidents were
arrested, and dozens were killed.
The brutal repression was condemned by the international
community, led the Polish people to lose faith in Communism,
and Jaruzelski became known as a ‘traitor’.
Xia Xiaoqiang, commentator: “In the history of Europe,
Poland is a troubled nation.
Since World War II, Poland had become a member of the
Soviet camp and experienced another wave of red disaster.
Following the orders of the Soviet Communist Party, the former
Polish leader Jaruzelski was in fact just a puppet of Soviet
The evil and catastrophe brought by Communism are the
same in all socialist authoritarian regimes.
That is the massacre of its people."
June 4, 1989 is a very special day when two shocking events
In Poland, Jaruzelski was forced to resign after the Polish
Round Table Agreement with Solidarity.
Poland conducted its first democratic elections and the Polish
Communist regime finally collapsed.
While the Polish were celebrating their democratic victory, a
tragedy was taking place in China.
Thousands of Chinese students conducted peaceful protests
and demands for democracy in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
However, the downfall of the Polish Communist Party frightened
then Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Deng Xiaoping
for fear of stepping the same path as Poland.
Deng decided to raise his butcher’s knife against the protestors.
The Polish people were thus presented with TV shots of tanks,
troops, blood, corpses, body parts and faces of frightened
youths in Beijing.
The end of one-party dictatorship did not allow history to
forget the crimes Jaruzelski had committed.
Between 1995 and 2012, Jaruzelski was repeatedly tried.
Along with him were eight other Polish Communist officials.
The old and frail Jaruzelski had faced court trials until his death.
Xia Xiaoqiang: “The trials and liquidation that Jaruzelski had
faced are what he deserved.
It is just part of the liquidation after the world recognizes the
evilness of Communism and the crimes committed by the
It is evident that Communism and its regime are bound to
be eliminated by history and the world."
Xia Xiaoqiang comments that in comparison to what the CCP
has done to the Chinese, what Jaruzelski had done was trivial.
However, Jaruzelski’s experiences are clear indications of
what the CCP leaders and criminals will face for the murders
and repression of the Chinese people.
Interview & Edit/Zhangtianyu Post-Production/Liyong