Warsaw, Poland – A convicted criminal stabbed the stage with a knife during a charity event and stabbed a Gdańsk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz several times on Sunday, causing the politician to be in very serious condition , the Polish media said, had a political motive.
The Polish mayor grabbed his stomach and collapsed in front of the crowd during the fundraiser "Lights to Heaven" of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
Polish President Andrzej Duda "The doctors have been able to revive the heart of the severely injured mayor, Pawel Adamowicz, and there is hope, but his condition is very difficult." He urged people to pray for the mayor.
Adamowicz was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery for five hours. Tomasz Stefaniak, one of the doctors who treated the mayor at the Medical University of Gdansk.
Nearly seven hours after the robbery, Stefaniak told reporters early Monday that "the patient is alive," aroused applause, but added that the mayor had "remained in very serious condition."
"The next hours will decide everything" Stefaniak asked for thoughts and prayers for the mayor.
Polish media reported that some political officials and the Gdańsk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod had come to the hospital during the operation Grand Finale of the Grand Orchestra of the Christmas Charity in Gdańsk "height =" 41
The Polish television station TVN said the attacker called from the scene that he had been illegally imprisoned under an earlier national government, which was illegally arrested by Civic Platform, a party to which the mayor belonged. The suspected attacker was arrested.
TVN aired footage of the offender shortly after the attack was named, "I was imprisoned, but innocent, the Civic Platform tortured me."
The police said the suspect had been a 27-year-old criminal and carried out bank robberies. A police spokesman, Mariusz Ciarka, said the attacker had gained access to the area with a media badge.
Radio Gdansk said Adamowicz was stabbed in the heart of his heart, but does not cite his source, while Rzeczpospolita described the mayor's state as "critical", citing unidentified sources. A spokesman for the hospital described his condition as "very serious."
TVN footage showed Adamowicz on stage with a sparkler in his hand just before the attack. He told the audience it was a "wonderful day" and the attacker approached him. Adamowicz had been in the streets of his city on Sunday to raise funds for the charity together with volunteers across the country.
The stab of the knife shook the nation's Sunday. Moments before the attack, Adamowicz posted a picture of the stage on Instagram, BBC News reports.
Charity Director Jerzy Owsiak is a liberal critic of the current right-wing government in Poland. For the attack on the mayor, he accused what he called the hate atmosphere under the ruling party for law and justice. Owsiak pointed out that he was defamed in an animation that ran on state television last week and on anti-Semitic overtones.
In the animation, Owsiak was portrayed as a clay figure manipulated by a leading Civic Platform official who seized piles of cash he collected. A star of David stood on one of the banknotes. The transmitter apologized after the animation caused a scream.
Adamowicz, 53, has been Mayor of Gdansk since 1998, a Baltic port city. He was a member of the democratic opposition that was born in this city during the tenure of Lech Walesa 1980s. After leaving Civic Platform, he was re-elected to a sixth term in the fall as an independent candidate.
As mayor, he was a progressive voice campaigning for LGBT rights and minority tolerance. He marched in last year's Gay Pride Parade, a rare action for a mayor in Poland. He also showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue was broken last year and strongly condemned vandalism.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is raising money to buy state-of-the-art medical equipment for Polish hospitals, especially children. The last attack on a politician in Poland took place in 2010 in Lodz. A man who cried that he wanted to kill the party leader of the Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, fatally shot and killed an adjutant of one of his party deputies in the European Parliament. A second man was stabbed and injured.
By the time Law and Justice was in opposition, Kaczynski launched the attack on an "atmosphere of hate" under the rival Civic Platform.