Rallies across Poland pay tribute to slain mayor
PR dla Zagranicy
Rallies have been held in a string of cities across Poland in protest against violence and in tribute to a well-known mayor killed in a knife attack.
Candles outside Gdańsk Town Hall. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa
The gatherings took place on Monday evening in cities including Warsaw, Gdańsk, Kraków and Poznań, hours after the death of Paweł Adamowicz sent shock waves through the country.
Adamowicz, 53, the mayor of Gdańsk, was stabbed on Sunday evening during a high-profile annual charity drive in the northern Polish city. He died the next day in hospital after a five-hour operation failed to save him.
Some 16,000 turned out for a rally in Gdańsk, many holding candles and some with tears in their eyes, state news agency PAP reported.
In Warsaw, a silent “Stop Hate” rally drew politicians from various parties, PAP added.
Leaders in Poland and abroad have condemned the attack on Adamowicz, who sustained a wound to the heart, a diaphragm injury and multiple abdominal wounds.
The knifeman was disarmed and detained at the scene of the stabbing.
Poland’s interior minister said that the 27-year-old attacker was a repeat offender who was in the past convicted of armed robberies.