Polish MPs honour slain mayor
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Poland’s lawmakers on Wednesday observed a minute’s silence to honour the murdered mayor of the northern city of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz.
Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński
Adamowicz, 53, was attacked and stabbed several times by a 27-year-old knife-wielding man during a high-profile annual charity drive on Sunday evening. He died the next day in hospital from severe wounds despite efforts by doctors to save him.
Remembering the late mayor in parliament, Grzegorz Schetyna, leader of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) party, said that Adamowicz was “a man of great character” who “dedicated his life to his beloved Gdańsk.”
Adamowicz, who was mayor of Gdańsk for more than 20 years, is due to be buried in the northern port city on Saturday.
He will be laid to rest at the local Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a centuries-old Roman Catholic church, officials told a news conference on Wednesday.
Memorial ceremonies for Adamowicz will begin with a special session of the Gdańsk City Council on Thursday and include a public display of his coffin for residents to pay their last respects, deputy mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz told reporters.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda has said that the day of Adamowicz’s funeral will be a national day of mourning in honour of the murdered politician.
Hundreds of candles are lit outside Gdańsk City Hall on Tuesday evening in honour of the murdered mayor. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa
Source: TVP Info, PAP