A Polish mayor who had been fighting for his life after being put on stage during a charity event died of stab wounds.
Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, died after being put on stage at a Polish charity event, said the Polish Minister of Health today.
He grabbed his belly and collapsed before the audience after being attacked with a sharp object last night.
The attacker allegedly yelled out of the stage that he had been imprisoned imprisoned when the former party of the mayor was in power.
& # 39; Therefore, Adamowicz, & # 39; said the attacker.
The Polish president said that he was told in the first instance & # 39; that there is hope & # 39; for the continuation of the mayor after doctors have resuscitated his heart, but said his condition is very difficult. used to be.
& # 39; Despite all our efforts, we have failed to rescue him, & # 39; said Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University Hospital, quoted by the Polish news agency PAP.
Pawel Adamowicz (photo on Sunday evening), mayor of the port city of Gdansk, was attacked with a sharp object during a charity event in the city tonight
Adamowicz lies on the floor while doctors come to his aid during the charity event in Gdansk
A man is held on the ground by security personnel after he has attacked the mayor of Gdansk
Anti-violence rallies are planned nationally after Sunday's shock attack on Mayor Pawel Adamowicz.
Lukasz Szumowski told the local press, according to the private broadcaster TVN: We could not win. & # 39;
Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said that Mr. Adamowicz was in a very serious condition, and called the stabbing an "act of inexplicable barbarity."
Gdańsk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital while the operation was under way, the Polish media reported.
Medical officials appealed to blood donations when Adamowicz was admitted to a hospital where he was operated.
A Polish broadcaster said that a man had jumped on stage at about 8 pm and said the mayor had seen his belly.
Radio Gdansk reported that Mr Adamowicz was close to his heart when the attacker called off the stage.
A man holds a sharp object just after he has stabbed Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz in Gdansk
A female medic follows the mayor of Gdansk after being stabbed and critically injured
An ambulance thought that Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was on his way to the hospital
A police spokesperson from Gdansk said that the attacker, who was being held by the police, was a 27-year-old who lived in the city.
Adamowicz later underwent surgery, while deputy mayor Piotry Grzelak was quoted by the PAP news agency.
Earlier, he boasted on Facebook that he had raised £ 5,000 for the event.
Thank you very much to anyone who threw me money and helped to beat my personal record, & # 39; Adamowicz wrote.
Adamowicz was mayor of Gdansk, a port on the Baltic coast, since 1998.
He was part of the democratic opposition that was born in the city in the 1980s under the direction of Lech Walesa and helped to overthrow the communist regime.
As mayor he is seen as a progressive voice and has supported LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities.
The university clinical center, in which the wounded mayor of Gdansk is treated
He showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the synagogue of the city broke windows last year and strongly denounced vandalism.
Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister of the European Council, wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Let's all pray for Mayor Adamowicz. Pawel, we're with you. & # 39;
President Andrzej Duda said yesterday that while he and the mayor have had political differences, today I am unconditional with him and his loved ones, just as – I hope – we are all compatriots. I pray for his return to health and full strength & # 39 ;.
The collection event was organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, the main charity organization of Poland.
It raises money for medical equipment. The poorly-based healthcare system in Poland is struggling to foresee.