Pol­ish mayor ‘crit­i­cal’ after be­ing stabbed

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

— A knife-wield­ing as­sailant stabbed the mayor of the Pol­ish port city of Gdansk in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple at a char­ity event, leav­ing the politi­cian fight­ing for his life on Mon­day after five hours of surgery.

Video footage showed the at­tacker burst­ing onto the podium and launch­ing him­self at Pawel Adamow­icz, 53, who had been wav­ing sparklers with oth­ers on stage at the Sun­day evening fundraiser.

After knif­ing the mayor sev­eral times, the man turned to the crowd with his arms raised tri­umphantly but was quickly tack­led to the ground by se­cu­rity guards and ar­rested.

Paramedics re­sus­ci­tated Adamow­icz at the scene be­fore rush­ing him to hos­pi­tal where doc­tors said early Mon­day he had sur­vived an op­er­a­tion but was in a “very, very crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

The mayor suf­fered a se­ri­ous wound to the heart and cuts to the di­aphragm and ab­dom­i­nal or­gans, said To­masz Ste­fa­niak, the sur­geon who treated him at Gdansk’s univer­sity hos­pi­tal. “The com­ing hours will be de­ci­sive,” he added.

A lo­cal po­lice spokesman said the de­tained man was a 27-year-old who lived in Gdansk, a Baltic coast city with a pop­u­la­tion of around half a mil­lion.

In a video record­ing of the at­tack posted on YouTube, the sus­pect was seen seiz­ing the mi­cro­phone and claim­ing he had been wrongly jailed by the pre­vi­ous cen­trist gov­ern­ment of the Civic Plat­form (PO) and tor­tured.

“That’s why Adamow­icz dies,” he said.

One eye­wit­ness told broad­caster TVN that the man ap­peared “happy with what he had done.”

Adamow­icz has been mayor of Gdansk for two decades and the Civic Plat­form had sup­ported his re-elec­tion in 2018 mu­nic­i­pal polls.

Sun­day’s event was part of a big na­tion­wide drive to raise funds for the pur­chase of med­i­cal equip­ment and fea­tured a col­or­ful stage set-up in­clud­ing lights, smoke and py­rotech­nics.

“There is hope but his con­di­tion re­mains se­ri­ous,” Pol­ish Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda said earier on Twit­ter, adding that Adamow­icz was alive but “gravely wounded.”

“De­spite our po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, I stand without ques­tion in sol­i­dar­ity with him and those close to him... I pray for his swift re­cov­ery,” the leader said.

Pawel Adamow­icz

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