Lockdown Rebellion: Highlanders in Poland's 'Winter Capital' to Reopen Hundreds of Businesses

Lockdown Rebellion: Highlanders in Poland's 'Winter Capital' to Reopen Hundreds of Businesses


Highlanders in Poland’s “winter capital” of Zakopane are rebelling against lockdown, with hundreds of businesses vowing to reopen in defiance of government restrictions.

Sebastian Pitoń, who has emerged as leader of the Górlaskie Veto — Highlanders’ Veto — movement, was previously best known as an architect whose Tolkienesque designs were the subject of a Snopes article, as some people had doubted that viral images of his beautiful if eccentric traditional buildings were real. 

Now, he cuts an exotic figure in the international media, holding press conferences in the traditional dress of Poland’s southern highlanders as ad hoc spokesman of some 200 businesses which have promised to “end this madness”.

Pitoń, who believes the lockdowns are “destroy[ing] Poland and Polishness” and will “destroy the middle class, small and medium-sized enterprises and kill several hundred people a day” if they continue, says the entrepreneurs he represents “are this determined because they realise they

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