January 18, 2019

Gdansk Mayor Dies After Onstage Stabbing

14 January 2019, 08:28 | Darnell Patrick

Image The Gdansk mayor's condition is still unclear

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz

Mr Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, was attacked in front of hundreds of people in the city on Sunday during an event in aid of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned the attack on Twitter and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski called it "an incomprehensible act of barbarism".

He said the coming hours would be decisive and asked for thoughts and prayers for the mayor who has served since 1998.

Polish police confirmed last night they had detained a suspect following the incident.

The mayor of Gdansk in Poland has been stabbed while on stage during a charity event.

Government officials appeared to be pushing back against that accusation, strongly denouncing the attack and stressing that the 27-year-old perpetrator had a history of violent bank robberies and possible mental illness. Local footage shows the man shouting and brandishing a weapon; he is believed to have gained access to the stage using a media pass. "I was jailed but innocent", the attacker said.

Mr Adamowicz, 53, was part of the democratic opposition formed in Gdansk under the leadership of Lech Walesa during the 1980s.

Late Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz.

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Doctors list Adamowicz in very serious condition, saying more time is needed before they will know if his life will be saved. "Civic Platform tortured me, and that's why Adamowicz is dead".

Polish President Andrzej Duda will meet with political party leaders on Monday to organise a march against violence and hatred in the wake of the attack.

Suddenly, a man-described by the AP as a convicted criminal-rushed the stage and launched a frenzied stabbing attack on Adamowicz, who collapsed onto the ground. Adamowicz had been on the streets of his city Sunday collecting money for the charity, along with volunteers around the country.

Later Monday, the chief doctor for the Gdansk region, Jerzy Karpinski, said that Adamowicz is on life support and that "prognosis for his life and health is uncertain" after he lost a lot of blood that caused oxygen deprivation to his whole body. "Patel we are with you".

The opposition Civic Platform, the arch-rival of the governing PiS, backed his re-election in the 2018 municipal polls.

"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.

According to The Guardian, Adamowicz was known as a strong supporter of LGBT rights and the rights and refugees.

He also showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken previous year, strongly denouncing the vandalism.

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