Monday, 17 June, 2019

Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz 'stabbed on stage' during major charity event

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz Image The Gdansk mayor's condition is still unclear
Steven Clarke | 14 January, 2019, 13:08

A Polish private television broadcaster is reporting that a man has stabbed the mayor of the city of Gdansk.

Polish blood donors were coming forward in droves on Monday in a bid to save the life of Gdansk's mayor, who needs transfusions after being stabbed in the heart and the abdomen while on stage at a charity event.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the attack was "an act of inexplicable barbarism".

No other details were immediately available. Civic Platform tortured me, and that's why Adamowicz is dead.' Adamowicz was a member of the pro-European Civic Platform party but left to fight local elections as an independent.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was informed "doctors succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and there is hope, but his condition is very hard".

TVN broadcast footage of the perpetrator, just after the attack yelling his name was Stefan and "I was jailed but innocent".

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The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity raises money for state-of-the-art medical equipment Poland's cash-strapped health care system, mostly for children but also for the elderly.

Police were investigating how the attacker had been able to breach security to reach the podium, Gdansk police spokesperson Joanna Kowalik-Kosinska told reporters.

A Gdansk police spokesman said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in the city. "Pawel, we are with you". Owsiak and some opposition politicians blamed what they described as an atmosphere of hate under the ruling Law and Justice party for the attack.

The mayor, who has held the position since 1998, is seen as progressive has and shown support for LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities. He marched in last year's gay pride parade, a rare action for a mayor in Poland.

The shocking attack, previously unheard-of in the European city, has drawn immediate condemnation, even from the mayor's biggest political rivals.

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