Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Polish mayor stabbed while on stage during a charity event

Polish mayor stabbed while on stage during a charity event

"The attack on the life and health of the mayor of Gdansk must be firmly condemned", Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted. He was previously convicted for bank robbery and has spent time in prison. Some said they were given time off work to help save Adamowicz.

Earlier on Monday Dr Stefaniak had said that the mayor was alive but was not able to breathe on his own and is on a life support machine. Other Polish media reported that a knife was used in the attack.

The attack triggered an outpouring of solidarity, with many people donating blood in Gdansk on Monday.

Ruling authorities also sent a government plane to transport the mayor's wife, who had been traveling, from London back to Gdansk.

"Horrified by the brutal attack on Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz", said Frans Timmermans, a Dutch politician and leading European Union official.

Mr Adamowicz was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. It says the mayor was seen holding his belly. "Let the blood flow from Lodz to Gdansk".

Paweł Adamowicz, pictured in October a year ago. He suggested the situation would become clearer within the next 20 hours.

Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk for two decades and the Civic Platform had supported his re-election in 2018 municipal polls.

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

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A reporter for the Onet news portal, Piotr Olejarczyk, said he himself was admitted to the event just by saying he was an journalist.

The stabbing, during an event that raises money for children's hospitals, has shocked Poland, the BBC's correspondent in Warsaw said.

He called the incident "an act of inexplicable barbarity".

A Polish private television broadcaster is reporting that a man has stabbed the mayor of the city of Gdansk.

"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 scale.

One of the surgeons, Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak, said Adamowicz was in "very, very serious condition" after he suffered a "serious wound to the heart, a wound to the diaphragm and to the internal organs".

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. Adamowicz had been on the streets of his city Sunday collecting money for the charity, along with volunteers around the country. A rally against violence was also planned.

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