Polish PM marks martial law anniversary

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday that "martial law was the most deplorable attack against attempts to win at least some sovereignty."

Martial law was imposed in Poland by the country's communist authorities on December 13, 1981, in a bid to quench the rising Solidarity Union.

"The day of its imposition was for Poles a day on which they were deprived of the rest of their freedom," the PM stressed.

According to estimates, the martial law years cost at least several dozen fatalities, with thousands of people arrested and further thousands persecuted and forced to emigrate.