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Pawel Adamowicz, mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, was stabbed to the heart in front of a crowd of thousands at a charity concert held in Warsaw. The attacker, a 27-year-old man, shouted that he was doing it to take revenge for the policy.
The attacker rushed to the scene with a knife and stabbed Adamowicz in the heart and abdomen, the Good Non Profit reports. Adamowicz grabbed his stomach and collapsed. He was resuscitated and transported to the hospital where he was operated five hours later. One of the doctors who treated him told reporters that he was in a "very serious condition".
The attacker, whom the police had not yet named at the time of publication, turned to the crowd after the stabbing and stated that he had been wrongfully imprisoned under a previous national government, to which Adamowicz belonged, said the AP. "I was imprisoned but innocent," he said. "Civic platform has tortured me … that's why Adamowicz just died." Police said the suspect had recently served a sentence for bank robberies. He had access to the scene with a badge, the police said.
Adamowicz, 53, spoke at the final of the annual conference. Great charity event of the Christmas Orchestra, which raises funds to buy medical equipment to treat sick children.
After the doctors had declared that Adamowicz needed a massive blood transfusion, hundreds of Polish donors came forward, according to Polish media. Since Monday morning, Adamowicz had needed 20 liters of blood. The nearby city of Lodz has announced the opening of new blood collection centers. "We call on the citizens of Lodz to donate blood," said Deputy Mayor Adam Wieczorek. "Let the blood flow from Lodz to Gdansk."
"Today, I am unconditionally with him and his loved ones, just as – I hope – all his compatriots," said Polish President Andrzej Duda. Independent. "I pray for his return to health and all his strength."
according to The Guardian, Adamowicz is recognized as a strong advocate for LGBT rights, rights and refugees. He was part of the democratic opposition formed under the leadership of Lech Walesa in the 1980s, reports the AP.
"Sometimes it's a wild country" m said Jerzy Owsiak, President and Founder of Charity. "Do not go down that path, you can not fight violence with violence … Let's be Polish people who love you."