Polish mayor dies after being stabbed at charity event

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz

Image The Gdansk mayor's condition is still unclear

The residents of the major Polish city of Gdansk have come out in droves to donate blood to their mayor, who is fighting for his life after being stabbed repeatedly on stage during a large charity event Sunday.

The Polish mayor who was attacked while on stage at a charity event on Sunday night has died.

He said the coming hours would be decisive and asked for thoughts and prayers for the mayor who has served since 1998.

Adamowicz had been mayor of the Baltic port city for two decades and Civic Platform supported his reelection past year.

The attacker reportedly shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly imprisoned when the mayor's former party was in power.

Broadcaster TVN24 says a suspect was detained. He said his name was Stefan and that "I was jailed but innocent".

The politician has been mayor of Gdansk for more than 20 years and is part of the democratic opposition which started in the city under Lech Walsea in the 1980s.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks on January 13, 2019.

The mayor was attacked on Sunday while attending the Great Orchestra of Christmas charity - an annual event where volunteers raise money for medical equipment in hospitals. More than five hours after the attack there were no updates on his condition.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Krzysztof Sierak said there are "doubts" as to the mental state of the attacker, who used a 14.5-centimeter (5.5-inch) knife on Adamowicz, and that two psychiatrists will examine him.

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.

Dr. Jerzy Karpinski, the head doctor of the Gdansk region, told reporters Monday that the mayor is a "relatively young, healthy person with no health issues" and thus he was hopeful he would survive.

"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 just died", he said, according to the AP. "Pawel, we are with you".

The opposition Civic Platform, the arch-rival of the governing PiS, backed his re-election in the 2018 municipal polls.

Politicians from across the political spectrum have condemned the attack.

A liberal figure in Polish politics, he lent his support to LGBT and minority causes and showed solidarity with the Jewish community after Gdansk's synagogue was attacked previous year. He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when Gdansk synagogue had its windows broken a year ago, strongly denouncing the vandalism. He blamed what he described as an atmosphere of hate under the ruling Law and Justice party for the attack on the mayor.

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