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Mayor in Poland dies from stabbing at public event

Mayor in Poland dies from stabbing at public event

"Mayor Adamowicz is on life support in a very critical condition, and the prognosis for his life and health is uncertain", Jerzy Karpinski, a physician with the Gdansk regional health department, told the Polish PAP news agency.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz remains in very serious condition after suffering wounds to his heart and internal organs in the Sunday attack by an ex-convict who said it was a political revenge on a party Adamowicz formerly belonged to.

Adamowicz, 53, had been speaking at the finale of the annual Great Orchestra of Christmas charity event, which raises money for medical equipment to treat sick children. Hello! My name is Stefan, I was jailed but innocent.

The head of the charity for which Mr Adamowicz was fundraising for said the attack had taken place because of an atmosphere of hate under the ruling populist Law and Justice party.

The mortally wounded Adamowicz clutched his stomach and crumpled to the ground as pandemonium broke out.

"Unfortunately we can not yet say that Paweł Adamowicz's condition is stable", Dr Jerzy Karpinski, director of the health department in Gdańsk's regional administration, told Radio Gdańsk on Monday morning.

Mariusz Ciarka said Monday the 27-year-old, who was recently released from prison, appeared to have acted alone.

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TVN footage showed Adamowicz on stage with a sparkler in hand, telling the audience that it had been a "wonderful day" before the attacker came towards him.

He was part of the democratic opposition born in the city under the leadership of Lech Walesa during the 1980s which helped to bring down the Communist regime. "Patel we are with you".

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.

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 a year ago.

People are waiting to donate blood for Gdansk's mayor at blood donation station in Gdansk on January 14, 2019.

Anti-violence rallies were expected in Gdansk and several other major cities across Poland later on Monday. "Civic Platform tortured me". He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken previous year, strongly denouncing the vandalism. "A great leader of his city and a true humanitarian".

"There is an atmosphere of aggression in Poland", a blood donor who identified himself only as Zygmunt told AFP, reflecting on the broader context of the attack. A second man was stabbed and injured.