WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has celebrated his 90th birthday in the company of communist-era friends as protesters called for his imprisonment.
Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland in 1981 against the national Solidarity freedom movement. The crackdown led to the death of around 100 people, imprisonment of hundreds of Solidarity activists and to economic stagnation.
Poland peacefully toppled communism in 1989 elections. Jaruzelski's trial over martial law has been suspended because of poor health. A few dozen people with banners calling for his imprisonment chanted "Jaruzelski, Soviet dog" in front of a hotel in Warsaw on Saturday as Jaruzelski was celebrating his birthday there with his wife and daughter and some former communist officials.