Polish mayor and opposition leader dies after a stabbing, prompting fears of further divisions

A prominent Polish opposition leader, Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, died Monday after being stabbed in the chest a day earlier at a charity concert, unsettling Polish politics at a tense and polarized moment in the nation’s history.

The attack, which was broadly condemned across the political spectrum, stunned a country that has become deeply divided over attempts by the ruling Law and Justice party to increase its control over courts, media and other aspects of public life.

Polish authorities said the alleged assailant was a 27-year-old man with a history of crime and mental illness.

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