Gdansk mayor Paweł Adamowicz has died from his injuries after he was stabbed at a charity event in Poland this weekend.
The news was confirmed by Poland’s health minister Lukasz Szumowski earlier today. "We couldn’t win," he told local press.
The killing was witnessed by thousands of shocked spectators after the killer ran on stage and plunged a knife into his victim on Sunday.
Panicked bodyguards rushed to give the 53-year-old first aid, and reports state he was given CPR before being taken to hospital for emergency surgery.
The attacker reportedly grabbed a microphone and told the crowd he had previously been wrongly imprisoned.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of murder and he is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation, according to local reports.
Mayor of Gdansk Paweł Adamowicz has died
- Paweł Adamowicz: Gdańsk mayor stabbing suspect pictured waving knife on stage
Television footage showed the man screaming that "Adamowicz is dead" because his former party, Civic Platform, which held power from 2007 to 2015, had purportedly tortured him when he was in prison.
Politicians around the world expressed shock over the incident.
Joachim Brudzinski, Poland’s Interior Minister, described it on Twitter as a "barbaric" attack.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote: "The attack on Pawel Adamowicz is worthy of the highest condemnation."
Gdansk’s Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks at the charity event moments before the stabbing
And Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, voiced his solidarity with the attack victim.
He wrote on Twitter: "Shocked to hear of the attack on Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, this evening.
"Solidarity with the city he leads, his family and supporters. We are praying for his swift recovery."
The mayor of Gdansk, Paweł Adamowicz, was attacked in front of a horrified crowd
The mayor built up a reputation for being liberal on immigration, telling The Guardian two years ago: "When people say that welcoming refugees is like opening our city to Muslim terrorists, I tell them not to worry.
"The terrorists are far more interested in the big European capitals than in little Gdańsk."
Adamowicz, who was married with two children, has been mayor of Gdansk since 1998. In the 2018 regional election, he won 65 percent of votes.
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