Stabbed Polish mayor dies in hospital

14 January, 2019, 17:13 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Gdansk's Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks during the 27th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Gdansk Poland

"That's why Adamowicz dies", he said.

"It is still too early to say that, because the situation is very serious, and still isn't sufficiently stabilised so as to be able to talk about a positive prognosis ... the prognosis regarding his life and health is uncertain". Other Polish media reported that a knife was used in the attack.

He shouted that he had been wrongfully imprisoned under the previous government of the party which had supported Mr Adamowicz's re-election. A rally against violence was also planned.

He reportedly shouted: 'My name is Stefan.

Nearly seven hours after the assault, Stefaniak told reporters early Monday that "the patient is alive", triggering applause, but added that the mayor remained "in a very serious condition".

A mayor in Poland is in a very serious condition after being stabbed by a man who burst onto a stage he was speaking on at a charity event.

Beata Mazurek of the Law and Justice party said Monday that the attack on Adamowicz should be "absolutely condemned by all, regardless of what side of the political stage they are on, or whether they are politicians".

Pawel Adamowicz, 53, died as a result of wounds to the heart and abdomen in spite of efforts to save him that involved a five-hour operation and blood transfusions, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said.

Just before the stabbing, Adamowicz had been standing on stage as the show entered its finale, holding a sparkler as a pyrotechnic display erupted in front of the crowd.

Identified as a 27-year-old man, he had been previously convicted of involvement in bank robberies and served the 5½-year prison term in full. "Civic Platform tortured me, and that's why Adamowicz is dead".

Mr Adamowicz had been the mayor of Gdansk, one of Poland's largest cities, since 1998.

The head of the charity, Jerzy Owsiak, is a liberal critic of Poland's current right-wing government.

Gdansk is home to the shipyard where the Solidarity labor union led by Lech Walesa was founded in 1980 and became a force that eventually helped contribute to the fall of communism.

He has been seen as a progressive voice in the country, supporting LGBT rights and tolerance for minority groups. He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken past year, strongly denouncing the vandalism.

Ciarka said police were checking how the man got hold of a media pass, and whether it was authentic, as it allowed him to get on stage and stab Adamowicz during a popular nationwide charity event.

Kaczynski, at the time an opposition leader, blamed the attack on an "atmosphere of hate" under Civic Platform.


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