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Michael Winiarski: the First political assassination in a long time chocking Poland

– Pawel Adamowicz, 53 years, who for more than 20 years was the mayor of Gdansk, stabbed in connection with a charity event on Sunday afternoon. Attentatsmannen, a 27-year-old with a criminal history that recently have been released from a 5-year prison sentence, rushed up to the podium and and pierced Adamowiczs heart and torso with multiple stab. The suspected offender was, according to Polish media the subject of psychiatric investigation during his prison time.

After five hours on the operating table went Adamowicz life not to save. It is the first time in a very long time a political mordattentat on the level occurs in Poland, and large parts of the nation is shocked.

" No one can yet be cocksure. But the political background is obvious. Adamowicz was early active in the student movement and in the Solidarity and then in the högerliberala party, civic platform (PO). In the last borgmästarvalet he set up as an independent candidate. He was one of the most active defenders of the constitution against the Polish government's measures to restrict the freedom of the press and the independence of the judiciary. Thus, he was a hate-figures for the far-right extremists and subjected to regular threats.

" Already in 2017, the extreme högernationalistiska organization Allpolsk Youth a fake death certificate for Adamowicz, signed “The Polish nation”, on the grounds that he supported a petition for refugee reception (Poland will take over the whole not accepting any refugees). Adamowicz was thus for all that is right and the ruling party Law and justice (PIS) hate: A humanitarian refugee policy and a tolerant view of, among other lgbt issues – the latter did to he last year led a gayparad in Gdansk. Right before he stabbed had he in his speech said that “Gdańsk is a great city, full of goodness and tolerance”. Adamowicz wanted to Gdansk would be open and inclusive.

– Those in Poland, the advocates of democratic and liberal ideals have lost one of their main advocates. The whole country is deeply politically divided between two factions; those who support the increasingly authoritarian and nationalist PIS-the regime and those who want to return to the democratic and pro-european line as Poland followed up until four years ago. Whether the murder as a result of the hatred and the tone is dampened slightly is too early to know. The government media, which has been a megaphone for the hate against, inter alia, Adamowicz, this is a vital responsibility.

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