At 20:00 on Sunday night Paweł Adamowicz (53) was stabbed in the stomach multiple times during a concert organised on the occasion of the 2019 grand finale of the Great Orchestra of the Christmas Charity. The attacker forced himself on stage and attacked the mayor with knife.
The attacker identified himself as “Stefan” and shouted off the stage: “I was innocently jailed. The Civic Platform tortured me. This is why Paweł Adamowicz is dead”, before the police arrested him.
Earlier that day Adamowicz collected money for the WOŚP charity. He informed his followers that he has improved on his personal best as a campaigning volunteer. In 2019 he has collected 5,613 zł (about 1,300 Euro) in his tin.
Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and interior minister Joachim Brudziński were quick to denounce the attack. Morawiecki condemned the assault and expressed his prayers and thoughts to be with the mayor. He also called on the interior minister to keep him up to date with latest developments. Brudziński called the attack brutal and barbaric.
Donald Tusk, native of Gdańsk, expressed his emotions on Twitter: “Let us all pray for Mayor Adamowicz. Paweł, we are with you”.
Módlmy się wszyscy za Prezydenta Adamowicza. Pawle, jesteśmy z Tobą.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) January 13, 2019
Mayor Adamowicz was given first aid on stage before being taken to a hospital. His state is grave.
UPDATE MONDAY 14 Jan 2019 7:30 hrs.
- Surviving 5 hour-long operation, the state of Mr. Adamowicz is stable, but difficult, confirmed the Gdańsk hospital doctors, who conducted the operation.
- Blood supplies needed: In Gdańsk and elsewhere around the country the blood collection points open as early as 7:00 hrs.
- There will be the March Against Violence later today, at 18:00 hrs in Gdańsk.
- Next information about Mr Adamowicz state shall be given mid-day today.
Paweł Adamowicz has been Mayor of Gdańsk since 1998. His first steps in politics were with the Liberal-Democratic Congress (KLD), the first party of Donald Tusk. He was among the founding members of the Civic Platform (PO) in 2001. Adamowicz won all the direct elections for the mayorship of Gdańsk since 2002. The Mayor fell off with the PO in 2015 when he was accused of irregularities in his financial statements. Despite problems in the last elections in November 2018 run-off, he has defeated the PiS candidate Kacper Płażyński.
Paweł Adamowicz is married with two children.