Eco-activists, The Tire Extinguishers, claim they deflated at least 600 SUVs Tuesday night.
A little over 250 of the vehicles destroyed came from Great Britain in the “biggest night of action against SUVs ever”, according to the climate protesters.
Their demands include making it “impossible” to own an SUV, claiming these vehicles are “a climate disaster,” “dangerous,” and “unnecessary.”
The tires are roughly deflated — or “disarmed,” as the group put it — by forcing small objects, like lentils, into their valves.
They also leave leaflets on the cars they target, stating, “We are doing this because driving in urban areas in your massive vehicle has tremendous consequences for others.”
EastEnders star Jessie Wallace appears to be among the targets 3 weeks ago. The actress posted a leaflet with a tire extinguisher on her Instagram profile and said: “These assholes should be jailed for the chaos they are causing.”
The leaflet read: “You will be angry. but don’t take it personally. It’s not you. It’s your car.”
Eco-activists The Tire Extinguishers claim SUVs are being “disarmed” because they are “death machines.”
The group also leaves leaflets on the cars they target, stating, “We’re doing this because driving your massive vehicle in urban areas has tremendous consequences for others.”
The protest group claims to have targeted 50 SUVs in Edinburgh, 91 in Bristol and over 100 SUVs in other UK locations including London overnight
A little over 250 of the vehicles destroyed came from Great Britain in the “biggest night of action against SUVs ever”, according to the climate protesters
Action has been taken “around the world” according to the climate vigilante group, but the locations where the vandalism occurred was largely in the UK, with most of the SUV tires deflated in Bristol.
Outrageously, The Tire Extinguishers have said that even electric and hybrid SUVs are “fair game”.
The group views electric and hybrid SUVs as unsafe in urban areas, stating dramatically that “a kid who gets killed by a giant SUV doesn’t care if it’s electric or not.”
Sites attacked by eco-vigilantes, The Tire Extinguishers and a number of SUVs said to have been ‘disarmed’
- Clifton, Westbury Park & Henleaze, Bristol, United Kingdom (91)
- Zurichberg and Hottingen, Zurich, Switzerland (60)
- Fredriksberg, Denmark (50)
- Merchiston & Marchmont, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (50)
- Rockway, Kitchener – Ontario, Canada (45)
- Wimbledon, London, UK
- (36)Dundee, United Kingdom (30)
- Paris, France (45)
- Brno, Czech Republic (29)
- Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom (28)
- Southwest Paris, France (27)
- Ullevål Hageby, Oslo, Norway (26)
- Bonn, Germany (25)
- Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France (25)
- Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany (22)
- Islington, London, United Kingdom (17)
- Hengelo, Netherlands (14)
- The Hague, Netherlands (7)
The vigilante also claims that there are “not enough rare earth metals” to build electric and hybrid cars to replace conventional cars and that “the danger to other road users still exists”.
According to the protest group, they have been in operation for six months.
Marion Walker, a spokeswoman for Tire Extinguishers, said: “Six months later and 9,000 SUVs later, our movement is just beginning.”
“Our strength is that anyone, anywhere can participate through our website,” the activist group said.
The date for the Night of Coordinated Vandalism was carefully chosen to mark two months before the UN Climate Summit COP27 opens in Egypt.
Almost 2,000 SUVs almost emptied earlier this yearthe members of the group continue to destroy vehicles until their demands are met.
“The polite demand for climate protection, cleaner air and safer roads has failed,” the protest group said.
“If enough people join us, it will be impossible to own an SUV in the urban areas of the world and we will see these death machines piling up in the junkyard.”
The Tire Extinguishers are calling for bans on SUVs in urban areas, environmental levies to tax the existence of SUVs, and massive investment in free, universal public transport.
SUVs have elements of standard cars, but are larger and have off-road capabilities like high ground clearance.
Gasoline and diesel powered models are generally less fuel efficient than cars.
The group has called for the government to “introduce bans on SUVs in urban areas, environmental levies to tax the existence of SUVs, and massive investment in free, inclusive public transportation.
However, they say: “Until the politicians make this a reality, the tire extinguisher action will continue.”