Polish mayor stabbed onstage at charity event

Polish mayor stabbed onstage at charity event

Mayor of Gdansk, one of Poland's largest cities, Pawel Adamowicz, has been stabbed at a charity event, Onet, the largest Polish web portal, reported on Sunday.

He was hospitalised for serious abdominal injuries and underwent surgery.

Dr Tomasz Stefaniak, from the Medical University of Gdansk, said today that the mayor is "alive but is in a very serious condition".

A Gdansk police spokesman said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in the city.

The suspect in Sunday's stabbing of Pawel Adamowicz was convicted of involvement in bank robberies and served the 5½-year prison term in full.

Radio Gdansk said Adamowicz was stabbed in the area of his heart, but did not cite its source, while Rzeczpospolita described the mayor's condition as "critical", citing unidentified sources.

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

Adamowicz has always been considered a hate figure in far-right circles for his vigorous defence of migrants and LGBT rights, but no evidence has emerged that the attack was politically motivated. He said Adamowicz needed massive blood transfusions.

He called on Poles to dedicate their thoughts and prayers to Adamowicz, warning, "The next hours will decide everything".

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, right, speaks to an audience shortly before he was stabbed on January 13, 2019.

Sierak said there are "doubts" as to the mental state of the attacker, who used a 14.5 centimeter (5.6 inch) knife on Adamowicz, and two psychiatrists will examine him.

Gdansk is holding a blood collection for Adamowicz on Monday.

The mayor had been on the streets of his Baltic port city earlier in the day collecting money for the nationwide charity that supports Poland's financially-strapped hospitals. A rally against violence is also planned.

The mayor of Gdansk in Poland has been stabbed while on stage during a charity event. Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital while the operation was underway, the internet news portal Onet reported.

Mr Owsiak was seen in the animation being controlled by a Civic Platform official grabbing piles of banknotes with a Star of David on one of them.

The politician has been mayor of Gdansk for more than 20 years and is part of the democratic opposition which started in the city under Lech Walsea in the 1980s.

As mayor, he was a progressive voice, supporting sex education in schools, LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities.

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