Close
Date TimeJanuary 14, 2019
VoiceWarsaw: Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, has died after being stabbed onstage at a Polish charity event, Poland's health minister said on Monday.
Adamowicz was attacked while attending the annual Great Orchestra of Christmas charity, a fundraiser where volunteers collect money for medical equipment in hospitals.
Television footage showed a man screaming "Adamowicz is dead!" as he rushed the stage and stabbed the mayor. Speaking on the stage before he was arrested, the man accused the mayor's former party of putting him in prison and said he was tortured.
Doctors operated on Adamowicz for five hours after the incident, Poland's state news agency PAP said.
Politicians across the political spectrum in Poland condemned the stabbing, including members of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), such as Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski. Adamowicz was known as an opponent of PiS.
Mayor of Gdansk dies after being stabbed on stage at charity event
"I'm expressing great pain for the tragic death due to the criminal attack on mayor Pawel Adamowicz. We express solidarity with his family," Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country's ruling party leader was quoted as saying in a tweet from the party spokeswoman.
Polish President Andrzej Duda will meet with political party leaders on Monday to organise a march against violence and hatred in the wake of the attack.
Adamowicz stood out for his initiatives to encourage migrants to seek refuge in the northern Polish city, and for his support of a protest campaign defending the rule of law in Poland against PiS efforts to increase its control over the judiciary and other bodies.
Adamowicz was one of Poland's longest-serving mayors, holding his position in Gdansk since 1998. In the 2018 regional election, he won 65 per cent of votes.
The suspect in the killing, which was recorded by people in the crowd, was apprehended. He was released from prison last month after serving a sentence for bank robberies, according to prosecutors.
The assassination triggered an outcry from across the spectrum, with calls to keep the incident from becoming a political issue.
"We don't know what drove this man to attack," Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, a deputy mayor of Gdansk, told reporters. "I ask and beg of you all: let's eliminate this aggression from our political life and society."
The attack comes in an increasingly febrile political climate.
In 2017, a far-right group hung photographs of six Polish opposition lawmakers from a makeshift gallows in a city square in southern Poland. On November 11 the same year, fringe nationalist groups rallied during a march marking on Polish independence day with banners saying "Pure Blood" and "Europe will be white or uninhabited."
Last year to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, Duda and Morawiecki walked with some 200,000 people through central Warsaw, including far-right groups with neo-fascist symbols.

Gareth Johnson: Tory Tasked With Getting Other MPs To Vote For May’s Deal Quits – To Vote Against It
Andy Murray out of Australian Open after losing what could be his last match
Katy Perry Is Glad She "Made the Right Choice" With Orlando Bloom
Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’
'The most insulting thing I've ever been asked': Fox News' Jeanine Pirro asks Trump if he's ever worked for Russia
Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds
Megyn Kelly, NBC News reach separation agreement
SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projects
The partial government shutdown is now the longest ever as Trump border wall fight rages on
Paris bakery 'gas explosion' kills two firefighters
Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020
Tim Tebow Is Engaged to Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Sen. Kamala Harris teases a presidential run to Stephen Colbert, predicts how the shutdown ends
Dianne Oxberry, BBC weather presenter, dies aged 51
Andy Murray: Sporting great and champion feminist retires
Jayme Closs, 13, found alive three months after parents' murder
Meghan Markle's Royal Patronages Have Finally Been Announced and There Are FOUR
Lady Gaga apologizes for 'poor judgment' over R. Kelly song, vows to pull 'Do What U Want'
Jeff Bezos' Relationship with TV Host Lauren Sanchez Led to Divorce
Jaguar Land Rover is slashing 4,500 jobs
Corbyn says Labour may delay Brexit if it wins snap election
This Awesome Shot of Earth Was Taken From 70M Miles Away
[VIDEO] Donald Trump Primetime Address: Jimmy Kimmel Speech Reaction
BAFTA Awards Nominations 2019: Complete List
MPs force Theresa May to table plan B if she loses Brexit deal vote
John Bercow's decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy | Anne Perkins
Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel investigating Trump, expected to leave Justice Dept
Amazon Becomes World's Most Valuable Company
New trailer offers more footage from ‘Captain Marvel’ (VIDEO)
Susan Boyle makes emotional appearance on America’s Got Talent
Celebs celebrate Cyntoia Brown clemency decision
Prime-time Trump faces credibility crisis
Stoke City sack manager Gary Rowett after eight months in charge
Scottish government acted unlawfully over Alex Salmond claims, court rules
Padraig Harrington feels trepidation at being Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain
David Bowie Is ... app review – the freakiest show on your smartphone
Golden Globes 2019 Winners List
Cornered: Trump escalates shutdown crisis
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says There's 'No Question' About Trump's Racism
What was the deal with Christian Bale's accent at the Golden Globes?
Carol Burnett reflects on her iconic career as she receives new Golden Globe award
Tory MP Anna Soubry Called 'Nazi' By Chanting Protesters Live On BBC News
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey denies Nazi salute
Pete Davidson and Machine Gun Kelly Take Their Friendship to a Basketball Game
Video of Drake With Girl, 17, Resurfaces, to Internet's Horror
'The Greatest Dancer' Is The Fresh Talent Show 'X Factor' Wishes It Could Be
US withdrawal from Syria depends on conditions, John Bolton says
Murder charge filed in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston
Theresa May Refuses To Rule Out Holding Multiple Votes On Her Brexit Deal
Trump gives Kanye West a shout-out after rapper tweets his praise
Emma Watson talks of 'optimism' on Time's Up anniversary
California shooting: three people killed at Torrance bowling alley
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest line-ups: Fabregas captain on final match, Hudson-Odoi starts
Kate Middleton Reportedly Felt Meghan Markle "Used Her to Climb the Royal Ladder" and Told Her So at Christmas
Ellen still wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars
US economy added 312,000 jobs in December, blowing past expectations
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college – video
Lifetime Defiant After R. Kelly Threatens to Sue Over Documentary
1st PHOTO of moon’s ‘mysterious’ far side taken by Chinese probe
Golden Globes 2019: Who will win – and who should?
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Hire New Surrogate to Deliver Baby No. 4
Bob Einstein, comedy writer and Curb Your Enthusiasm actor, dies aged 76
Coachella 2019 lineup: Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala to headline
Michael Schumacher turns 50, FA Cup third-round shocks and sneaky drinks
Bristol-Myers Squibb to buy Celgene in $74 billion deal
US enters new phase as women change the face of Congress
Kylie Jenner channels Meghan Markle on New Year's Eve
Kim Kardashian West roasted over 'Bird Box'
Miley Cyrus Spends New Year's With Liam Hemsworth's Family After Surprise Wedding
Pete Davidson Reveals ‘Sad’ First Reaction To Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’
Tesla shares fall on price cut, soft Model 3 deliveries
Madonna Delivers Rousing Speech As She Spends New Year's Eve At The Historic Stonewall Inn
Kobe Bryant announces he and wife Vanessa expecting fourth baby girl
Harry Reid: Trump Is 'The Worst President We've Ever Had'
Mitt Romney: Trump's biggest failure is a lack of character in leading 'divided' nation
Greggs launches vegan sausage roll
Christian Pulisic joins Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for £58m
Kate Middleton Reportedly Waited Until Meghan Markle Left Before Joining Royal Family Hunt
Volunteers Prepare Flower-Decked Floats for Rose Parade
Dry January might be bad for your health
Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus
Jamie Vardy punishes dismal Everton as Leicester start new year in winning style
Tokyo car attack: Driver hits New Year's revelers in city's Harajuku district
Hubble telescope 'mother' Nancy Grace Roman dies
Comedian Louis C.K. mocks Parkland shooting survivors in leaked audio
U.S. Citizen Arrested In Moscow On Suspicion Of Spying
NFL coaching picture: Dirk Koetter, Todd Bowles fired; Dolphins’ Adam Gase awaits his fate
Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump
Peter Thompson, former Liverpool and England winger, dies aged 76
Is Selena Gomez Sending Cryptic Messages With Her Graphic T-Shirts?
Bre Payton, 26-year-old conservative writer, dies following sudden illness
Gavin and Stacey actor Mathew Horne 'hit by train after night out'
John Kelly blames Jeff Sessions for 'zero tolerance,' family separations along border
Rashford learns from master at Solskjaer's finishing school
'Bird Box,' starring Sandra Bullock sets new Netflix viewing record in its first week
A Vegas star is born: Lady Gaga stuns, soars in Sin City debut
Sears Holdings announced another round of store closures
Mega Millions jackpot grows -- with next drawing on New Year's Day
Ryan Jack gives Rangers deserved Old Firm victory over Celtic
Alastair Cook knighted, Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane awarded in New Year’s honours
Kim and Kanye buying $14M luxury condo in Miami
Kevin Spacey ‘Let Me Be Frank’ YouTube Video Tops 8 Million Views In 3 Days
Tesla names Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to board after SEC settlement
Angelina Jolie open to move into politics
HMV Administration: Thousands Of Jobs At Risk As Retailer Collapses For Second Time In Six Years
KTLA anchor Chris Burrous dies at 43
Instagram update 2018: What is the new Instagram update, is it coming back?
Nationwide internet outage hits CenturyLink customers
Israeli novelist Amos Oz dies aged 79
'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch': Here's What Critics And Fans Are Saying About The New Game-Changing Episode
NASA wants you to celebrate New Years with its New Horizons space probe
Kim Kardashian slammed over North West's lipstick
Putin Says 'Invulnerable' New Hypersonic Nuclear Missile Is Ready For Deployment
Miley Cyrus confirms secret wedding to Liam Hemsworth
Secret new ‘Black Mirror’ movie now has a trailer, release date
Ariana Grande FaceTimes With Her Estranged Father on Christmas
Box Office: 'Aquaman' Hits $106M; 'Holmes & Watson' Gets D+ CinemaScore
How your holiday travel plans will be impacted by the partial federal government shutdown
Liverpool goes six points clear in EPL as Man City loses at Leicester
Russia: Hole drilled from inside Int'l Space Station capsule
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry join Kate Middleton, Prince William for Christmas Day service amid feud rumors
Kendall Jenner Has A Hilarious Response To Being Left Out Of Kardashian Christmas Card
Trump asks 7-year-old, 'Are you still a believer in Santa?'
Us trailer: How to watch the trailer for Jordan Peele's new horror movie
SpaceX closes out year with successful GPS satellite launch
Pete Davidson gets VIP treatment at Machine Gun Kelly concert a week after disturbing post
Miley Cyrus Sent Ariana Grande the Sweetest Text After Her Split from Pete Davidson
Kourtney Kardashian And Sofia Richie Look Like They're Best Friends On Christmas Vacation Together (PHOTOS)
Stocks plummet after Steven Mnuchin's odd statement fails to calm markets
Box Office: 'Aquaman' Opens to $67M; 'Mary Poppins' Edges Past 'Bumblebee'
Rihanna Gives Fans An Album Update
President Trump not going to change mind on Syria, even after resignations: Mulvaney
Carl Frampton not ready to make a hasty decision on his boxing future
Drone footage shows damage caused by Indonesian tsunami – video
Christmas mail? Sure. But, also, Happy Festivus!
Watch SpaceX launch its final Falcon 9 rocket of the year for the Air Force
LadBaby scores 2018 Christmas No 1 with ode to sausage rolls
Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, is arrested and booked in her murder
'Bird Box' is 'scary-ish': What critics say about Sandra Bullock's blindfolded Netflix drama
Mars: Pictures reveal 'winter wonderland' on the red planet
Elon Musk is the first influencer CEO
Michelle Obama wears $4K thigh-high Balenciaga glitter boots on book tour
Dr. Drew Says Pete Davidson Must Avoid Ariana Grande Because His Life Depends on It
Hold up, Beyonce did not release new music
Andy Cohen reveals he’s welcoming a baby via surrogate
Winter solstice 2018 coincides with full Moon, meteor shower: Everything you need to know
Barack Obama Delights Children As Santa In Surprise Visit To Hospital
Paris Hilton keeping 20-carat engagement ring
Rachel McAdams went haute couture with a breast pump
Wounded Warrior's GoFundMe Page For Border Wall at $3.9 Million So Far
New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon says he is stepping away to focus on mental health
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson Suit Up in ‘Men in Black International’ First Trailer
Vladimir Putin tells Theresa May to 'fulfil will of people' on Brexit
Gatwick flights remain suspended as drones reappear over runway
Ariana Grande recreates ‘Saturday Night Live’ Christmas sketch days after ex Pete Davidson's alarming post
Selena Gomez reappears in Instagram for first time since entering treatment facility
Meghan Markle Reunites With Kate Middleton Amid Feud Rumors
Report: Facebook Allowed Spotify to Read Your Private Messages
‘Banksy’ artwork referencing steelworks appears in Port Talbot
How Emily Blunt's version of Mary Poppins compares to Julie Andrews'
Labour MP Fiona Onasanya Found Guilty Over Speeding Points Switch
PMQs: Does Corbyn call May a 'stupid woman'?
First look at Will Smith as the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ live-action movie
US plans complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Trump declares ISIS defeated
Watch Miley Cyrus Cover Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry"
Pete Davidson's friends rally to his side
Sandra Bullock, 54, Looks Half Her Age In High Slit Dress & Sexy High Boots Before ‘Late Show’ Taping
Cardi B performs 'I Like It' at senior center and gets asked out on a date
Woman claims underage relationship with Woody Allen in 1970s
SpaceX to launch US spy satellite
On his 75th birthday, a look at Keith Richards' outlandish, quirky quotes over the years
José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 years
Diddy celebrates the late Kim Porter with Jay-Z, Beyoncé
Nicki Minaj blocks Meek Mill on social media
President Trump rails against NBC after 'Saturday Night Live' sketch
Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia, found dead
Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown as first transgender contestant fails to make top 20
Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at extending LA Galaxy stay
Champions League: PSG await for Mourinho and Liverpool face Bayern
Thomas Markle Says He Has Been 'Ghosted' By Meghan And Begs For Contact
Malaysia Charges Goldman Sachs, 2 Employees in 1MDB Probe
Charlie Austin rises highest as Saints sink Arsenal in five-goal thriller
See Matt Damon, Leslie Jones Have Heated Argument About Weezer on ‘SNL’
Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama Tweets
Katie Taylor beats Eva Wahlstrom to defend world titles in New York
Disney actor Stoney Westmoreland fired after arrest
Pete Davidson makes brief appearance on 'SNL' after troubling Instagram post
Offset Crashes Cardi B’s Set at Rolling Loud Festival (Watch)
William and Kate WILL spend Christmas Day with Harry and Meghan and the Queen at Sandringham
Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney acting chief of staff
The Mule Feels Like Clint Eastwood's Magnum Opus
Jennifer Lawrence Denies Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Claim That They Slept Together
Embattled interior secretary Ryan Zinke steps down after series of scandals
No casualties after large fire breaks out at Chester zoo
Ellen DeGeneres Politely Explains to James Corden That "Bless Your Heart" Is Actually an Insult
Miss USA apologizes after comments about Cambodian contestant spark backlash
Meghan and Harry Might Spend Christmas Morning Apart Thanks to This WILD Royal Rule
Cohen says Trump knew hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal were wrong
'Imagine' is Ariana Grande's steamy follow-up to 'Thank U, Next'
Nancy Wilson, Grammy-winning jazz singer, dies at 81
Close