Mon. Jan 21st, 2019

Pawel Adamowicz: Gdansk mayor stabbed at charity event

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An ambulance believed to be carrying Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz on its way to the hospital EPA
The mayor was stabbed while on stage at a major charity event

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has been seriously hurt after being stabbed on stage at the country’s biggest charity event, officials say.

Pawel Adamowicz, 53, had to be resuscitated after the attack and is in a critical condition in hospital.

The 27-year-old suspect, who has a criminal record, has been detained.

He reportedly shouted that he had been wrongfully imprisoned under the previous government, led by the mayor’s former party.

The incident took place at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event, which was attended by hundreds of people.

The suspect, who was released from prison recently, had access to the scene using a media badge, Polish media say.

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Mayor Adamowicz speaking at the event before the attack

The stabbing, during an event that raises money for children’s hospitals, has shocked Poland, the BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw reports.

Mr Adamowicz is a well-known political figure who has been mayor of Gdansk, a Baltic port city, for 20 years, our correspondent adds.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the attack was “an act of inexplicable barbarism”.

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People gather at the entrance of the hospital where the mayor is being treated

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter: “The attack on life and health of Paul Adamowicz is worthy of the highest condemnation.”

Also on Twitter, President Andrzej Duda said: “I pray for his return to health and full strength.

Polish mayor stabbed at charity event

The mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdansk has been stabbed while on stage at a major charity event, officials say. Pawel Adamowicz, 53, is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital. The suspect, a 27-year-old local resident, had access to the scene using a media badge, Polish media report.

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