It is with a great deal of sadness that I have to report that a Gdańsk city major, Paweł Adamowicz has died today after getting stabbed with a knife yesterday. This is easily the biggest national tragedy in Poland since the crash of presidential plane in 2010. Only time will tell if it will end up affecting polish politics in upcoming years.
It’s a tragedy that hits very close at home since Gdańsk is my city and I have personally met Adamowicz on several occasions.
While I wouldn’t call him my first choice for outstanding politician, the fact is that in recent years he took active part in supporting immigrants and LGBT rights, especially important under current government.
He was a second polish Major to take part and open a Pride March in 2017, a fact even more important since a decade earlier he had banned an LGBT related event for ‘moral reasons. He supported creation of a public body that would monitor equally rights in Gdańsk explicitly highlighting protection of LGBT rights, a first case of such body in Poland and something that proved to be extremely controversial.
This is not to say he was a perfect man or politician but it is extremely rare for a polish politician, especially someone who has been a major for 20 years, not only change for better but to actively work for human rights.
Będę za tobą tęsknił, Pawle…