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The murder of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has sent Poland into a tailspin.When my organization invited the leftist Slovene philosopher Slavoj Zizek to Gdansk in 2009, Adamowicz immediately invited him to dinner.Yet the charity and its founder, Jerzy Owsiak, have for the past three years been subjected to a right-wing hate campaign similar to that directed against Poland's judiciary and opposition parties.Though Adamowicz was elected as an independent, he was previously a co-founder and member of Civic Platform, and enjoyed the party's support.Adamowicz's murder brings to mind events in Poland in 1922, shortly after the country regained independence.The 1922 tragedy did not unite Polish society.Since the Smolensk crash, Poland has been divided into two warring camps.The state media's narrative portraying Owsiak and Civic Platform as the guilty parties behind Adamowicz's murder will only undermine the PiS.
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