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Poland mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage

14 January 2019

Polish blood donors were coming forward in their droves on Monday in a bid to save the life of the mayor of Gdansk, who was stabbed in the heart and the abdomen while on stage at a charity event.

Politicians across the political spectrum in Poland condemned the stabbing, including members of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), such as Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski.

Adamowicz, 53, has been mayor of Gdansk, a Baltic port city, since 1998.

Police were investigating how the attacker had been able to breach security to reach the podium, local police spokeswoman Joanna Kowalik-Kosinska told reporters.

It has emerged that the alleged assailant, named in the Polish press as Stefan W, a 27-year-old from Gdańsk with a record of violent crime, was released from prison last month.

A Polish doctor says that the prognosis for the mayor of Gdansk remains uncertain after he lost a lot of blood and suffered oxygen deprivation in a knife attack. "I was jailed but innocent", the attacker said.

"Goodbye Pawel, we'll remember you", Lech Walesa, Poland's legendary anti-communist leader and another native of Gdansk, said on Twitter.

Surgeons said he was given 41 units of blood during a five-hour operation on Sunday.

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.

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

'That's why Adamowicz dies, ' the attacker said. Adamowicz had been on the streets of his city Sunday collecting money for the charity, along with volunteers around the country. After leaving Civic Platform, he was re-elected to a sixth term as an independent candidate in the autumn.

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.

According to The Guardian, Adamowicz was known as a strong supporter of LGBT rights and the rights and refugees.

Polish President Andrzej Duda will meet with political party leaders on Monday to organise a march against violence and hatred in the wake of the attack. He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken a year ago, strongly denouncing the vandalism.

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 mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage