Poles march to remember martial law in 1981

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 1:04 PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of Poles are marching in Warsaw to commemorate the 31st anniversary of a communist crackdown and to express grievances with the current democratic system.

The protest was organized by the country's main opposition party, Law and Justice, a nationalistic and conservative group led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Kaczynski is the twin of President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in 2010. That tragedy increased the traditional anti-Russian sentiment of the party's base, something seen in slogans on placards at Thursday's march.

A Moscow-backed government imposed martial law on Dec. 13, 1981, an attempt to crush Lech Walesa's pro-democracy Solidarity movement.

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