Dear Members / Friends of AIPA,
The recent tragic events in Poland with the murder of the Mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz has sent shock waves throughout the world.
The Australian Institute of Polish Affairs has sent this attached letter to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra to add our voice of condemnation, protest and condolence.
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF POLISH AFFAIRS
Australijski Instytut Spraw Polskich (AIPA)
17 January 2019
His Excellency Mr Michal Kolodziejski
The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Australia
7 Turrana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
On behalf of all members of the Australian Institute of Polish Affairs, I would like to express our sorrow at the murder in Poland of the Mayor of Gdansk, President Pawel Adamowicz, and to offer our condolences.
We are all deeply shaken and disturbed by this act of violent hatred. We join all people of good will in condemning this barbarous act, and we express our solidarity with the family and friends of Mayor Adamowicz, and with all victims of hatred and violence.
Since its formation in 1991, our Institute has been actively involved in promoting tolerance, and in condemning, opposing and combating prejudice, hatred, discrimination and violence in all domains of social life, regardless of their sources: political extremism, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia.
The murder of Pawel Adamowicz shows there is a lot more to be done. We hope at least that his death will be a call for action to all Poles, regardless where they live, to unite in our common struggle against prejudice, lawlessness and barbarity.
Aleksander M. Gancarz OAM
Australian Institute of Polish Affairs (AIPA)