Two days of national mourning for slain Gdańsk mayor

2019-01-17, 18:07 update: 2019-01-18, 14:13
Photo PAP PAP/Adam Warżawa
Photo PAP PAP/Adam Warżawa
A period of national mourning to honour the murdered Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, has been declared by President Andrzej Duda. It will last from 5 p.m. on Friday to 7 p.m. on Saturday. State flags will be lowered to half-mast.

The Presidential Decree in this matter was countersigned by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday.

The mourning period will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, when a funeral procession from the Centre, through the streets of the city, will accompany the casket into St. Mary’s Basilica, where Mayor Adamowicz will be buried on Saturday.

The body of Paweł Adamowicz has been lying in state at the European Solidarity Centre since Thursday afternoon, where it will remain until Friday. The Centre also has a condolence book.

A funeral mass led by the Metropolitan of Gdańsk, Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź, will start at 12.00 p.m. on Saturday. Jumbotron LED screens will be set up in the city, so that residents can participate in the funeral ceremonies.

During the period of national mourning, state flags on public buildings will be lowered to half-mast and topped with a black ribbon. All large-scale public events, entertainment events, concerts and sporting events will be cancelled.

The Gdańsk mayor passed away on Monday at the Medical University Clinic, in the Baltic port city of Gdańsk, where he was transferred on Sunday shortly after a knife attack during the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity finale. (PAP)