It was set to be a small affair to avoid mass demonstration, but for the state funeral of Poland’s former communist leader, even that was too prominent not to attract protest.
The procession of General Wojciech Jurazelski’s body was met with some jeers.
Presiding over a bloody period in the country’s history, for many he is still a symbol of the martial law and repression seen during the violent Soviet crackdowns of the 1980s.
For others he is remembered as a leader who eventually allowed for elections and a peaceful transition.
Former Polish President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, paid tribute to his leadership during a testing period: “Today we bid farewell to the politician who in the most difficult moment took the responsibility for the state in crisis and with sincere conviction chose the lesser of two evils, protecting us against a foreign intervention or a fratricidal confrontation.”
Jaruzelski died on Sunday aged 90. A well known atheist, before passing he reportedly asked a Catholic priest to read him his last rights.
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