The mayor of the Polish city, Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz of 53-years-old, died on Monday after he was attacked on stage at an open air charity event on Sunday. He was stabbed in the heart and stomach after which he was rushed to the hospital and underwent a five-hour long operation before he died.
The responsible for the attack, a 27-year-old Gdansk resident with a criminal record for bank robbery, was arrested. Asked about why he had done this he said he blamed Adamowicz and his former political party Civic Platform for him being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in 2014, as well as being tortured behind bars. Police believe he used a media pass to gain access to the stage.
Adamowicz was known for his liberal views and opposition to Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and will be remembered as a progressive voice in the country for his staunch support of LGBT rights, immigrants, and minority groups. Anti-violence rallies are being planned across Poland in response to the attack.