This morning, several SUV car owners in Brno found their car with flat tires. And behind the wipers is a message that your car is destroying the environment.
Behind the protest is the activist movement Tire Extinguishers, which operates in various locations around the world. With similar acts, they want to draw attention to the pollution of the planet.
“Car companies are trying to convince us that we need bigger and bigger cars. However, SUVs and 4x4s are a disaster for the climate. SUVs are the second biggest culprit in the increase in carbon dioxide emissions over the last ten years, studies show. In other words, they are worse than the entire aviation industry,” reads a flyer that owners of damaged cars found behind windshield wipers.
“You can definitely do without your fuel guzzler. You can walk, ride a bike, or take public transport,” the activists add.
Organizers of the event claim to have deflated the tires of 29 cars. Several victims have already reported the case, the police expect more.
“We’ve had several reports of someone’s tires being flat on their car and a note being left behind the windshield wiper. We accepted the notification, documented this action. We assume that there may be further notifications from car owners who feel that the tires were damaged by the discharge,” announced South Moravian police spokesman Bohumil Malášek.
He urged the owners of the vehicles to contact the police. “In particular, people who feel that tires may have been damaged by deflation should report this,” the spokesman said.
According to the organizers of the protest, SUVs pollute the city significantly more than other cars. “SUVs are the bane of cities. They destroy the climate, our lungs, and they also make the streets dangerous. We want clean air, quiet streets and a safe future. Since the politicians do not protect us, we take matters into our own hands,” a press release sent by the activists quotes one of the participants of the event.
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It is not yet certain what punishment they face. “It depends on the damage, it can be a misdemeanor or a criminal act. It all depends on when we check it out. It makes a difference if there is any damage to the tires or not. Only then will we be able to decide on the criminal qualification,” Malášek explained.
The protest event in Brno was not the only one of its kind. Organized by the Tire Extinguishers movement, people from different parts of the world took part in the so-called Night of Action, deflating the tires of more than 600 SUVs, according to organizers.