Polish mayor fighting for life after being stabbed at charity event

Mayor of Poland’s Gdansk stabbed on stage during charity event - web portal

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". Gdansk's Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks during the 27th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Gdansk, Poland.

Deputy prosecutor general Krzysztof Sierak said the suspect would be charged with attempted murder and would undergo a psychological assessment due to "doubts about his sanity".

Doctors operated for five hours on Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was stabbed in the heart and abdomen on Sunday by an ex-convict who rushed onto the stage with a knife.

"He is in a critical condition. we are battling to save him", he said.

The call resulted in crowds of residents queueing for hours to register at the centre and donate their blood in support of their mayor.

Praising the mayor and revealing he was a "good friend", he wrote on Twitter: "Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, a man of Solidarity and freedom, a European, my good friend, has been murdered".

Adamowicz, 53, has been mayor of Gdansk since 1998.

The right-wing ruling Law and Justice party faced accusations from its critics that an atmosphere of hatred against Adamowicz and others liberal political opponents helped instigate the attack.

The situation should be clearer within the next 20 hours, Karpinski said.

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Gdansk is one of Poland's largest cities, on the country's Baltic coast, with a population of around 570,000.

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.

Poland's prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, tweeted: "The attack on life and health of Pawel Adamowicz is worthy of the highest condemnation".

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.

According to the BBC, Stefaniak explained that the mayor had suffered very serious injuries to his abdominal area. He said Adamowicz needed massive blood transfusions.

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.

Gdansk is holding a blood collection for Adamowicz on Monday. A rally against violence has also been planned.

Polish media reported that a number of political officials and Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital during the operation.

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