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Poland Mayor, Defender of Immigrant Rights, Dies After Public Stabbing

HeadlineJan 15, 2019

In Poland, the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, died Monday, one day after he was stabbed on stage during a charity event. The attacker, who has been charged with murder, reportedly yelled from the stage that he was wrongfully imprisoned under the government of the Civic Platform party, to which the mayor used to belong. Adamowicz had been the mayor of the port city of Gdansk since 1998 and was a staunch critic of the right-wing Polish government. He espoused liberal policies and ideas, defending LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights. Crowds gathered Monday to pay tribute to the murdered mayor. This is Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, originally from Gdansk, and a friend of the mayor.

Donald Tusk: “And today I want to promise to dear God, in all names, the people of Gdansk, Poles and Europeans, that for you and for everyone, we will protect our Gdansk, our Poland and our Europe, that hatred will not prevail. We will stand up against it. Goodbye.”

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