Gdansk attack: Polish mayor stabbed on stage during major charity event

14 January, 2019, 16:10 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz right speaks to the audience at a charity event shortly before the attack

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

Adamowicz, who has served as mayor of Gdańsk since 1998, was re-elected to a sixth term in November.

"Unfortunately we can not yet say that Paweł Adamowicz's condition is stable", Dr Jerzy Karpinski, director of the health department in Gdańsk's regional administration, told Radio Gdańsk on Monday morning.

"He remains in a very, very serious condition, " said Dr Stefaniak.

Karpinski added that Adamowicz was relatively young and healthy, but he had a lost a lot of blood, which was depriving his body of oxygen. People were lining up to give blood in response to appeals by officials.

Video footage showed the attacker bursting onto the podium and launching himself at Pawel Adamowicz, 53, who had been waving sparklers with others on stage at the Sunday evening fundraiser.

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"The next hours will decide everything", Stefaniak said, appealing for thoughts and prayers. If necessary, I would come in the middle of the night.

Brudziński said in a Twitter post on Monday that the 27-year-old attacker was "a repeat offender who has been convicted of armed robberies, not a politician".

"That's why Adamowicz dies", he said before being knocked down to the ground by security.

She insisted politicians in Poland need "greater responsibility for words, for deeds" because "there is no shortage of madmen on both sides" of the political spectrum. Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital while the operation was underway, the internet news portal Onet reported. "Pawel, we are with you".

As mayor, he is seen as a progressive voice and has supported LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities. He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when Gdansk synagogue had its windows broken previous year, strongly denouncing the vandalism. "Sending best wishes for his swift recovery, and solidarity to the city he leads, his family and supporters". A man shouting that he wanted to kill Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski fatally shot an aide to one of the party's lawmakers to the European Parliament.

The animation showed Owsiak as a clay figure being manipulated by a leading Civic Platform official who seized piles of cash that he collected, apparently suggesting the charity was a ruse to raise money for the opposition party.

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