Poland mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

The horrific incident took place at an annual charity event collecting money for Polish medical facilities.

A mayor in Poland has been stabbed while on stage at a charity event, according to media reports in the country. A suspect was arrested, Brudzinski said.

After stabbing the mayor, he seized the microphone and claimed to have been wrongly jailed by the previous centrist government of the Civic Platform (PO) and tortured.

European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who is from Gdansk, wrote on Twitter: "Let's all pray for Mayor Adamowicz".

Mr Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk, one of Poland's largest cities, since 1998. "Pawel, we are with you".

People march against violence and hatred in the wake of a deadly attack on Gdansk Major Pawel Adamowicz who was stabbed on stage of a public charity event in Gdansk Poland
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He also showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken a year ago, strongly denouncing the vandalism.

In an unusual display of unity in Poland, messages of support for Adamowicz flowed in from politicians from different ends of the political spectrum.

Acknowledging that they've had political differences with Adamowicz, President Andrzej Duda said that "today I am unconditionally with him and his loved ones, just as I hope all of us compatriots are".

Polish broadcaster TVN24 said that around 8pm local time a man rushed the stage and shouted something. Radio Gdansk cited its correspondent at the scene as saying the attacker had aimed for the heart and apparently pierced his victim's aorta. "Especially since the finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has for the last 27 years always been associated with good, with something joyful, positive".

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