Poland mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage

Poland mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk has been seriously hurt after being stabbed on stage at the country's biggest charity event, officials say.

Pawel Adamowicz, 53, the mayor of Gdansk, was rushed to hospital after being attacked with a sharp tool around 7pm on Sunday, local media reported.

A Gdansk police spokesman said the attacker, who was detained by police, was a 27-year-old who lived in the city.

Polish broadcaster TVN reported that the suspected assailant shouted from the stage that he was imprisoned under a previous national government led by Civic Platform, a party to which the mayor formerly belonged, despite being innocent.

The horrific incident took place at an annual charity event collecting money for Polish medical facilities.

After the stabbing, the man made an apparent gesture of triumph and strutted around the stage, media reported.

Pawel Adamowicz lies on the floor and is helped after being attacked during the charity event.

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A doctor working for the regional authorities, Jerzy Karpinski, described the mayor's condition as "very serious".

Mr Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk, one of Poland's largest cities, since 1998.

Also on Twitter, President Andrzej Duda said: "I pray for his return to health and full strength".

As mayor, he is seen as a progressive voice and has supported LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities.

He also showed solidarity with the Jewish community when the city's synagogue had its windows broken a year ago, strongly denouncing the vandalism. "Pawel, we are with you".

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