Polish, European officials attend slain mayor burial

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and European officials joined thousands of people from across Poland yesterday for the funeral of Pawel Adamowicz, the slain mayor of the northern city of Gdansk.

Adamowicz, 53, died Monday after being stabbed the night before at a charity event. The arrested suspect is an ex-convict with a grudge against an opposition party that Adamowicz once belonged to.

European Council President Donald Tusk, a personal friend of Adamowicz, was among those attending the burial at the vast Gothic St Mary’s Basilica.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also attended along with former leaders including Lech Walesa.

Other dignitaries included former German President Joachim Gauck and city mayors from other countries.

The powerful leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was not in attendance.

A black hearse with the coffin of the slain mayor of the city of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz, followed by a procession of residents, is brought to St Mary’s Basilica for burial in Gdansk, Poland. – AP