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Death of Gdansk mayor: Card. Nycz, “hatred does not lead anywhere”

The death of Gdansk mayor, Pawel Adamowicz, shows that “the propagation of hatred and hatred itself do not lead anywhere”, the Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, said last night. The prelate, who celebrated a Memorial Mass for the deceased in Warsaw Cathedral, attended by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and by Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, expressed the hope that “his death may be the occasion for an examination of conscience, especially as regards fraternal love and the social activities of politicians, media officers as well as of the Church”. Spontaneous demonstrations were held in many Polish towns yesterday to remember the mayor who was stabbed on Sunday and died of his wounds on Monday afternoon. His family, through the deputy mayor of Gdansk, asked for “the tragedy not to be politically or ideologically exploited”. However, tensions are running high in Polish society, as the statement released this morning by Internal Affairs Minister Joachim Brudzinski shows. In it, the minister announced the arrest of three more people. They were “calling for more killings” and had threatened the President of Poland and the mayors of Poznan and Wrocław. Mr Brudzinski called on “all those who would like the situation to come to a head” to keep calm, and be responsible and reasonable.

 

 

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