Mayor of Poland’s Gdansk stabbed on stage during charity event - web portal

Leroy Wright
January 14, 2019

A Polish police spokesman says a man accused of seriously wounding Gdansk city Mayor Pawel Adamowicz acted out of "irrational" motives and is in custody waiting for questioning by prosecutors.

"The next hours will decide everything", Stefaniak said, appealing for thoughts and prayers for the popular mayor.

Mr Adamowicz was elected as mayor of Gdansk in 1998 and was a prominent member of the democratic opposition while Poland was under communist rule.

Polish broadcaster TVN reported that he shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly imprisoned by the previous government.

A man is held on the ground by security personnel after he stabbed the mayor of Gdansk during a charity event in Gdansk.

Adamowicz stood out for his initiatives to encourage migrants to seek refuge in the northern Polish city, and for his support of a protest campaign defending the rule of law in Poland against PiS efforts to increase its control over the judiciary and other bodies. Hello! My name is Stefan, I was jailed but innocent.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks on January 13, 2019.

Adamowicz, who has been the city's mayor for more than 20 years, grabbed his belly and collapsed in front of the audience during the "Lights to Heaven" fundraiser organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

Doctors list Adamowicz in very serious condition, saying more time is needed before they will know if his life will be saved.

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"Let the blood flow from Lodz to Gdansk".

Poland's health minister on Monday confirmed Mr Adamowicz had died.

Pawel Adamowicz was rushed to hospital after being stabbed on Sunday evening.

The popular annual charity event for hospitals is traditionally cheerful and open, with celebrities, politicians and teenagers collecting money in the streets across Poland and also overseas. "Pawel, we are with you".

"Horrified by the brutal attack on Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz", said Frans Timmermans, a Dutch politician and leading European Union official.

"There is an atmosphere of aggression in Poland", a blood donor who identified himself only as Zygmunt told AFP, reflecting on the broader context of the attack.

Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk, whose population numbers around half a million, for two decades and the Civic Platform had supported his re-election in 2018 municipal elections. He blamed what he described as an atmosphere of hate under the ruling Law and Justice party for the attack on the mayor.

According to The Guardian, Adamowicz was known as a strong supporter of LGBT rights and the rights and refugees. A man ran to the stage and stabbed the official, claiming revenge for an injustice.

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