Poland cracks down on communist-era generals - Warsaw strips officers of rank

Prime Minister Mateusz MorawieckiGettyPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wants to strip the late General Wojciech Jaruzelski of his rank

The late General Wojciech Jaruzelski will lose his top rank and be demoted to private, as the Polish Government takes a stand against wrongs done in the past, the Polish Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has proposed a draft law that takes the side of the victims of more than four decades of communism in Poland.

The prime minister put forward the proposal for the law on the day that Poland honoured anti-communist fighters who were killed by the regime.

Under the law, which looks set to pass, communist-era officers like General Jaruzelski would be demoted to the rank of privates.

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The generals are being punished for their roles since 1944 in the oppressive Moscow-imposed regime and in the anti-freedom 1981 martial law military clampdown imposed by Mr Jaruzelski - when at least 100 opponents

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