Poland: Last Generation extremists disrupt concert at Warsaw Philharmonic

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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A recent performance at the National Philharmonic took an unexpected turn when two eco-activists affiliated with the Last Generation (Ostatnie Pokolenie) group staged a protest during a performance.

The disruption unfolded during a special concert recognizing the career of veteran conductor Antoni Wit, who was celebrating his 80th birthday and 60 years of artistic contributions. Despite the interruption caused by the climate activists, the seasoned conductor managed to continue the performance, deftly removing the activists’ banner without halting the concert’s flow. His professional behavior helped to ensure that the incident did not spoil the evening for the audience.

In a subsequent interview on TV Republika, conservative (PiS) MP Marek Suski voiced strong disapproval of the disruption, drawing parallels to communist tactics aimed at social upheaval. His remarks ignited a fierce debate, with critics accusing him of attacking environmental activism and leftist ideology.

Suski argued against what he perceived as a growing trend of eco-terrorism, decrying what he termed the rise of an “environmental religion.” He argued that such extremism mirrored communist ideologies, seeking to dismantle established social structures and impose radical new norms.

Despite the controversy surrounding Suski’s remarks, he clarified that his critique was directed not at the younger generation as a whole but at individuals espousing what he deemed to be extreme environmentalist views.

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