Military Council of National Salvation
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Military Council of National Salvation

Meeting of the Council of National Salvation on 14 December 1981
"WRONa, WRONa über alles", a political leaflet caricature from the 1980s. The "crow" is wearing sunglasses much like General Jaruzelski often did

The Military Council of National Salvation (Polish: Wojskowa Rada Ocalenia Narodowego, abbreviated WRON) was a military junta administering the Polish People's Republic during the period of the martial law in Poland (1981-1983).

The Polish court ruled that WRON was an unlawful criminal armed enterprise in violation of the Polish constitution.

The body was created on 13 December 1981, and was dissolved on 22 July 1983. It consisted of 21 members: 15 generals, one admiral and five colonels. Among the most notable members were generals Wojciech Jaruzelski, Florian Siwicki, Micha? Janiszewski and Czes?aw Kiszczak. One member, Lt. Col. Miros?aw Hermaszewski, was included without his consent and knowledge.

The lettering of the Polish acronym (WRON; wrona means a crow in Polish) was immediately picked up by those that the regime sought to repress and widely used in a form of non-violent opposition through jokes. One saying was that "or?a wrona nie pokona - the crow can't defeat the eagle" (the "White eagle" being the national symbol of Poland).


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