Mayor of Polish city stabbed on stage during charity event


spaminator
#1
Mayor of Polish city stabbed on stage during charity event
Associated Press
Published:
January 13, 2019
Updated:
January 13, 2019 8:07 PM EST
In this Saturday, April 21, 2018 file photo, the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz addresses a rally organized in protest against a recent gathering by far-right groups in this Baltic coast city, in Gdansk, Poland.Wojciech Strozyk / AP
WARSAW, Poland — A convicted criminal with a knife rushed on to the stage during the finale of a charity event and stabbed a Polish mayor in the abdomen multiple times Sunday before shouting that he did it for political revenge, in an attack that left the politician fighting for his life.
Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his belly and collapsed in front of the audience during the “Lights to Heaven” fundraiser organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, Poland’s most important charity.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was informed that “doctors succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and there is hope, but his condition is very difficult.” He called for people to pray for the mayor.
Adamowicz was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Medical officials appealed for blood donations. More than five hours after the attack there were no updates on his condition. Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital while the operation was underway, the internet news portal Onet reported.
Polish broadcaster TVN said the assailant shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly imprisoned under a previous national government led by Civic Platform, a party to which the mayor formerly belonged. The suspected attacker was arrested.
TVN broadcast footage of the perpetrator, just after the attack yelling that his name was Stefan and that “I was jailed but innocent. … Civic Platform tortured me. That’s why Adamowicz just died.”
Police said the suspect was a 27-year-old with a criminal record and had carried out bank robberies. A police spokesman, Mariusz Ciarka, said the attacker gained access to the area with a media badge.
Radio Gdansk said Adamowicz was stabbed in the area of his heart, but did not cite its source, while Rzeczpospolita described the mayor’s condition as “critical,” citing unidentified sources. A spokesman for the hospital called his condition “very serious.”
TVN footage showed Adamowicz on stage just before the attack with a sparkler in hand telling the audience that it had been a “wonderful day” and then the attacker coming toward him. Adamowicz had been on the streets of his city Sunday collecting money for the charity, along with volunteers around the country.
European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who co-founded Civil Platform and is from Gdansk, wrote on Twitter: “Let’s all pray for Mayor Adamowicz. Pawel, we are with you.”
Módlmy się wszyscy za Prezydenta Adamowicza. Pawle, jesteśmy z Tobą.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) January 13, 2019
he head of the charity, Jerzy Owsiak, is a liberal critic of Poland’s current right-wing government. He blamed what he described as an atmosphere of hate under the ruling Law and Justice party for the attack on the mayor.
Adamowicz, 53, has been mayor of Gdansk, a Baltic port city, since 1998. He was part of the democratic opposition born in that city under the leadership of Lech Walesa during the 1980s. After leaving Civic Platform, he was re-elected to a sixth term as an independent candidate in the fall.
As mayor, he has been a progressive voice, supporting LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities. He marched in last year’s gay pride parade, a rare action for a mayor in Poland.
He also showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city’s synagogue had its windows broken last year, strongly denouncing the vandalism.
“Horrified by the brutal attack on Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz,” said Frans Timmermans, a Dutch politician and leading European Union official. “Hope and pray he will recover. A great leader of his city and a true humanitarian.”
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity raises money to buy state-of-the-art medical equipment for Poland’s cash-strapped hospitals, mostly for children.
The last attack on a politician in Poland was in 2010 in Lodz. A man shouting that he wanted to kill Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski fatally shot an aide to one of the party’s lawmakers to the European Parliament. A second man was stabbed and injured.
At the time Law and Justice was in the opposition and Kaczynski blamed the attack at an “atmosphere of hate” under the rival party, Civic Platform.
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spaminator
#2
'THE FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE HAS BEEN LOST': Polish mayor stabbed in heart, dies
Associated Press
Published:
January 14, 2019
Updated:
January 14, 2019 1:20 PM EST
Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, far right, speaks to an audience shortly before he was stabbed in Gdansk, Poland, on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. Anna Rezulak / AP
WARSAW, Poland — The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday after he was stabbed during a charity event the previous evening by an ex-convict who stormed onstage and said it was revenge against the country’s main opposition party.
Pawel Adamowicz, 53, died as a result of wounds to the heart and abdomen in spite of efforts to save him that involved a five-hour operation and blood transfusions, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said.
“The fight for his life has been lost,” Szumowski said.
The assassination of Adamowicz, a six-term mayor who often mingled freely with citizens of his city, sent Poland into shock.
Mayor of Polish city stabbed on stage during charity event
Even before his death was announced, marches against violence were being planned to take place across Poland in the evening. In Gdansk, the city flag was lowered to half-staff and Masses were planned, including one in Warsaw that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki planned to attend.
The right-wing ruling Law and Justice party faced accusations from its critics that an atmosphere of hatred against Adamowicz and other liberal political opponents helped instigate the attack.
Government officials pushed back against that accusation, strongly denouncing the attack and stressing that the 27-year-old perpetrator had a history of violent bank robberies and possible mental illness.
The ex-convict rushed onto the stage with a knife Sunday and stabbed Adamowicz then seized a microphone and said it was revenge against the opposition Civic Platform party, which Adamowicz belonged to for many years.
Identifying himself as Stefan, he said he had been wrongly imprisoned under a Civic Platform-led government.
“I was jailed but innocent,” he told the audience of thousands. “Civic Platform tortured me. That’s why Adamowicz just died.”
Donald Tusk, a founder of Civic Platform who was prime minister when the attacker was imprisoned and who is now the president of the European Council, was travelling to Gdansk, his own hometown, to pay his respects, an aide said.
“Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, a man of Solidarity and freedom, a European, my good friend, has been murdered. May he rest in peace,” Tusk tweeted.
Deputy Chief Prosecutor Krzysztof Sierak said there were questions about the mental state of the attacker, who used a 14.5-centimetre (5.5-inch) knife on Adamowicz, and that two psychiatrists will examine him. He had served 5 1/2 years in prison and was released toward the end of last year. On Monday he was charged with murder.
Adamowicz, who had been the city’s mayor for more than 20 years, grabbed his belly and collapsed in front of the audience during the “Lights to Heaven” fundraiser organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. He had been out on the streets of his city earlier in the day to collect money along with volunteers across the country and spoke of tolerance and love just before he was stabbed.
Jerzy Owsiak, the head of the charity, said on Monday that he was resigning from his position but would continue to work with the organization, which raises money for equipment for children in the cash-strapped state hospitals.
Owsiak said he himself has been the target of threats and hate messages, including by some right-wing lawmakers, but that he is not getting any help from the police.
He told a news conference that recently the level of public criticism is “touching on Nazi, fascist language, on threats.”
The attack triggered an outpouring of grief. Many donated blood in Gdansk on Monday. Some said they were given time off work to help save Adamowicz.
Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country’s most powerful politician, expressed his “great pain” and solidarity with Adamowicz’s family.
The government’s critics, however, said that they believed that animosity voiced against Adamowicz by officials from Kaczynski’s party, sometimes carried on state television, as well as by extremists from other groups, played a role.
Adamowicz was part of the democratic opposition formed in Gdansk under the leadership of Lech Walesa during the 1980s. After leaving Civic Platform, he was re-elected to a sixth term as an independent candidate in the fall.
As mayor, he was a progressive voice, supporting sex education in schools, LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities. He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when Gdansk synagogue had its windows broken last year, strongly denouncing the vandalism.
Adamowicz also advocated bringing wounded Syrian children to Gdansk for medical treatment, a plan, however, blocked by the Law and Justice government. After he took that stand, a far-right group, the All-Polish Youth, issued what they called a “political death notice” for Adamowicz.
The last politically motivated attack in Poland was in 2010 in Lodz when a man shouting that he wanted to kill Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski fatally shot an aide to one of the party’s European Parliament lawmakers.
Kaczynski, at the time an opposition leader, blamed the attack on an “atmosphere of hate” under Civic Platform.
Adamowicz is survived by his wife and two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, though the president said the day of the funeral would be a day of national mourning.
http://torontosun.com/news/crime/the...-in-heart-dies
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
#3
Sounds like their version of mental trumphate syndrome writ large.
 

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