Gdańsk mayor Pawel Adamowicz dies after being stabbed during national charity event (Updated with reactions)
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Gdansk mayor Adamowicz has died from the wounds suffered during last night’s knife attack in Gdańsk during a charity fundraiser.

Doctors fought overnight to save his life, but it has been confirmed that they and he lost the struggle.

Who was Pawel Adamowicz? via FT

Adamowicz held the office of mayor since 1998. He was seen as a supporter of LGBT and minority rights, and played an active part in the “Solidarity” movement in the 1980s. He was a staunch opponent of the government’s anti-immigration policy.

Gdansk is the birthplace of the “Solidarity” movement, the trade union that helped overthrow Poland’s communist regime.

Reactions via FT

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter: “The murder of Adamowicz is a huge tragedy for all of us. It’s a great evil, which evokes condemnation, sadness and sorrow”.

Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission tweeted “Devastated by the death of Paveł Adamowicz. Such senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and friends. Gdansk, Poland and Europe will miss him”.

Earlier: Polish town’s Gdańsk mayor was left fighting for his life on Sunday night after a convicted criminal stabbed him while on stage at a charity event.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his belly and collapsed after being stabbed in the abdomen multiple times in front of the audience.

The attack happened during the “Lights to Heaven” fundraiser organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, Poland’s most important charity.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was informed that “doctors succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and there is hope, but his condition is very difficult.” He called for people to pray for the mayor.

Mr Adamowicz was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Medical officials appealed for blood donations. More than five hours after the attack there were no updates on his condition. Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital while the operation was underway, the internet news portal Onet reported.

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