Polish mayor stabbed at national charity event

The mayor of Gdańsk, Poland, was in critical condition Sunday after he was stabbed during a national charity event, according to media reports.

The mayor, Paweł Adamowicz, was attacked while on stage during an event organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which raises money for medical equipment. Adamowicz has since been hospitalized and a suspect has been arrested.


Polish President Andrzej Duda said doctors "succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured Mayor Paweł Adamowicz," according to The Associated Press. He added that there "is hope, but his condition is very difficult."

The attacker yelled from the stage that he was wrongly imprisoned by the Civic Platform party, of which Adamowicz was formerly a member, according to media reports. Adamowicz is now an independent.

“Hello! Hello! My name is Stefan, I was jailed but innocent. ... Civic Platform tortured me, that’s why Adamowicz just died," the attacker said, according to the AP, which cited local media reports.

Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdańsk since 1998.

Duda, the president, wrote on Twitter that he often differs politically with Adamowicz but said "today I am unconditionally with him and his relatives."