Poland has long been ruled and a right wing government and does not recognize same-sex marriage or other LGBT rights. Despite such things not being formally recognized, there are people at the local level who do support LGBT rights. One such person was Paweł Adamowicz, who served as the mayor of Gdańsk for over twenty years. He has unfortunately passed after succumbing to wounds that he suffered after a stabbing at a charity concert that was held on Sunday, according to CNN.
Adamowicz was born and raised in Gdańsk and became involved in local politics as a councilor in 1990 before becoming the mayor. With his position, he advocated for LGBT rights and supported immigrants and other minority groups.
On Sunday, January 13th, a charity concert titled the Great Orchestra of Christmas, was being held at a children's hospital. During the finale of the concert, Adamowicz entered the stage and began thanking the people who donated money to the charity event. While in the middle of thanking people, a man jumped on stage and stabbed Adamowicz repeatedly. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent a five hour surgery and a great deal of blood transfusions. Unfortunately, the injuries were too severe and Adamowicz died today, January 14th.
The alleged assailant is a 27-year-old Gdańsk resident who was recently convicted of bank robbery and spent some time in prison. He started yelling and blaming Adamowicz and his administration for his conviction and subsequent imprisonment.
From what I've read, Adamowicz was very well-liked in Gdańsk and was a positive figure and progressive voice for the people of Poland. On his Facebook page, he wrote "In my heart, Gdańsk occupies the first place. I want a modern, fair, friendly and open Gdańsk. Gdańsk, where everyone lives well, works, develops and brings up children." He seemed to enjoy being the mayor and helping the citizens of Gdańsk to live comfortable lives. It's disheartening to know that there are people who are willing to kill because of anger, but Adamowicz won't soon be forgotten.
Just moments before the attack, Adamowicz shared a photo on Instagram showing a crowd of people holding white lights during "Lights to Heaven" fundraiser, organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Hundreds of people have since commented on the post with messages of remembrance."In my heart, Gdańsk occupies the first place. I want a modern, fair, friendly and open Gdańsk. Gdańsk, where everyone lives well, works, develops and brings up children," Adamowicz wrote of himself on his Facebook account. – CNN.com