Contents © Mark Carrot* 2013
In the late hours of December 12th 1981, and during the following night, over five thousand people were arrested. Without any court proceedings, they were placed in Internment Centres under a charge that they were a threat to the security of the state. The socialist state. Those arrested: pro-democracy and labour acctivists, artists and writers, labourers, their wifes, students and university professors. In fact they all were a treat, albeit to the legitimacy of the puppet pro-soviet governing party. On 6 am of the following day, December 13th 1981, it was annonced on radio and TV that the Military Council of National Salvation was formed and that assembled overnight Poland's National Council declared Martial Law. While voting to accept, only one member of the National Council opposed the law prepared by the military. Placards preprinted earlier in secrecy in the Soviet Union appeared on cities' streets. They were informing what was forbidden. Personal freedom and the national independence did not matter anymore.