The latest: the ruling party of Poland condemns the attack on the mayor
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – The latest news about stabbing a Polish mayor (all times locally):
A spokeswoman for the ruling right-wing party of Poland has condemned a knife attack on a mayor of the opposition as "barbaric" and has called for less aggression in politics.
Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk, is still in a very serious condition after injuring his heart and internal organs during the Sunday attack by an ex-convict who said that it was a political revenge on a party that Adamowicz previously belonged to .
Beata Mazurek of the party Law and Justice said Monday that the attack on Adamowicz "absolutely must be condemned by everyone, no matter on which side of the political stage they are, or that they are politicians."
She stressed that such an attack would never have occurred.
FILE – On this file photo of Saturday, April 21, 2018, the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz speaks about a demonstration organized against a recent meeting of extreme right-wing groups in this Baltic coastal city, in Gdansk, Poland. A private broadcaster in Poland reports that a man attacked the 53-year-old mayor Pawel Adamowicz while on Sunday, January 13, 2019, he was on stage for the final of the charity event in the Baltic city. (AP Photo / Wojciech Strozyk, File)
Mazurek said that politicians in Poland "need more responsibility for words, for actions" because "there are no madmen on both sides" of the political spectrum.
The Polish city of Gdansk keeps a blood collection for the mayor, who remains in a serious condition after being stabbed in the heart and abdomen.
For five hours, doctors have operated on Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was stabbed by a convicted criminal who called it political vengeance during a popular charity event.
One of the surgeons, Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak, said Adamowicz suffered from a "severe wound in the heart, a wound on the diaphragm and on the internal organs." He said that Adamowicz needed huge blood transfusions.
Gdansk holds a blood collection for Adamowicz on Monday. A rally against violence is also planned.
Gdańsk Archbishop Leszek Slawoj Glodz, who was in hospital during the operation, said he prayed for a "miracle".
The mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, right, far right, speaks to an audience shortly before being stabbed in Gdansk, Poland, on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Adamowicz was hospitalized after the attack and underwent surgery. (AP Photo / Anna Rezulak / KFP) POLAND AUT
A man holds a sharp object just after stabbing Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, on Sunday, January 13, 2019. After the attack, Adamowicz was taken to a hospital in a very serious condition and underwent surgery. (AP Photo / Anna Rezulak)
People take part in the annual fundraising event at the 27th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski)
A woman collects money during the annual fundraising event the 27th Grand Final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski)
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