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Doctors fight to save Polish mayor on stage | Poland News



The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has been left fighting for his life after being stabbed by a knife-wielding attack in n front of hundreds of people at a charity event.

Video footage showed the assailant bursting onto the podium and launching himself at Pawel Adamowicz, who had been working on stage along with others at the fundraiser on Sunday evening.

After knifing the 53-year-old major several times, the man turned to The crowd with his arms raised triumphantly but was apprehended by security guards and arrested.

Paramedics resuscitated Adamowicz at the scene before rushing him to hospital. , customs reporters just before midnight local time (23:00 GMT) that surgery was underway.

"He is in a critical condition … we are battling to save him," he said.

"There is hope But his condition remains serious , "Andrzej Duda, president of Poland, wrote on Twitter, adding that Adamowicz was alive but" gravely wounded. "A Gdansk police spokesperson said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in the port city. 1

9659004] In a video of the attack posted on YouTube, the suspect was seen seizing the microphone and claiming it had been wrongly jailed by the previous government of the Civic Platform and tortured.

"That's why Adamowicz dies," he

Adamowicz before being attacked by the charity event [Agencja Gazeta/Bartosz Banka via Reuters]

Convicted criminal

] Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk, whose population numbers around half a million, for two decades and the Civic Platform had supported his re-election in 2018 municipal elections.

Sunday's "Lights to Heaven" fundraiser, which was organized by the Great Or chestra of Christmas Charity, the country's most important charity, was part of a national drive to raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment and featured a grand stage setting including lights, smoke and pyrotechnics.

According to Polish media, the suspect had been sent to more than five years in prison for four armed attacks on banks in Gdansk.

His mental state had severely deteriorated during his time in jail, reports said.

Police were investigating how the attacker had been able Gdańsk police spokesperson Joanna Kowalik-Kosinska customs reporters

"We know that he used an identifier with the inscription 'Press'," she said.

"Now we have to establish how was it obtained, was the accreditation in his name and was really called to be there at that time? "

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the attack on Twitter and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski called in t "an incomprehensible act of barbarism." function (f, b, e, v, n, t, s) {if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function () {n. call method?
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