Some 45 thousand people came to pay their respects and to observe the funeral of Pawel Adamowicz in Gdansk. The citizens of Gdansk together with people from many other parts of the country came gathered to watch the ceremony.
Pawel Adamowicz – the president of Gdansk died on Monday, the 14th of January. His death was a result of an assassination which took place during the finale of the Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Gdansk. Despite nearly 19 hours of fighting for president’s life in University Clinical Center in Gdansk, he passed away.
45 thousand people
According to gdansk.pl, some 45 thousand people participated in funeral ceremonies. 3,5 thousand, including local politicians, presidents, and mayors of different cities as well as representatives of the Polish government and other countries were in St. Mary’s Church in Gdansk. Among the present were President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Lech Walesa, President of European Committee Donald Tusk and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Some 40 thousand citizens of Gdansk, Tricity and many other parts of Poland gathered in the area of the Main Town. There were 8 screens where the crowds could watch the ceremony live. Similar arrangements took place in other places in Tricity like in Ergo Arena, where people could come to watch the funeral on the arena’s screens.
The funeral mass
The funeral mass in St. Mary’s Church in Gdansk took 3 hours. It started at noon when the city filled with sounds of sirens. Wife and daughter of the president shared their memories about Pawel Adamowicz. The same did Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, the acting president of Gdansk expressing her will to continue Adamowicz’s policy.
The politicians, who gave their speeches focused mostly on messages against hatred. They urged Polish people to stop vicious speech, disregard, and groundless accusations.
The urn in St. Mary’s Church in Gdansk
Around 3 pm, the procession with the urn went to Municipal Commisioner’s chapel. St. Mary’s Church in Gdansk is a place where graves of some 400 famous and noble citizens of the city are.