Eco-vandals deflate tyres of more than 80 SUVs in latest protest against ‘gas guzzler’ cars

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Eco-vandals deflated the tyres of more than 80 SUVs in the latest environmental protest against 'gas guzzler' cars. Vehicles were targeted in St

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Eco-vandals deflated the tyres of more than 80 SUVs in the latest environmental protest against ‘gas guzzler’ cars. 

Vehicles were targeted in St Mawes and Falmouth, Cornwall on August 23 by a group who call themselves ‘The Tyre Extinguishers’.

Every car had a note left on it titled ‘attention – your gas guzzler kills’ in the group’s ‘biggest action in Cornwall yet’. 

Despite the aggressive approach, the group said it was a ‘peaceful protest’ and their intent was ‘not to incite harm but rather catalyse change and ensure a safer environment for all’. 

In response to the tyre slashing, one Twitter user said: ‘I trust the person’s tyre you let down was not someone getting medication for a loved one, or a member of the emergency services on call. Notices I don’t mind but to cause a vehicle to be driven dangerously is reckless.’ 

Eco-vandals deflated the tyres of more than 80 SUVs in the latest environmental protest against 'gas guzzler' cars

Eco-vandals deflated the tyres of more than 80 SUVs in the latest environmental protest against 'gas guzzler' cars

Eco-vandals deflated the tyres of more than 80 SUVs in the latest environmental protest against ‘gas guzzler’ cars

Every car that had its tyres slashed had a note left on it titled 'attention - your gas guzzler kills' - the group described it as its 'biggest action in Cornwall yet'

Every car that had its tyres slashed had a note left on it titled 'attention - your gas guzzler kills' - the group described it as its 'biggest action in Cornwall yet'

Every car that had its tyres slashed had a note left on it titled ‘attention – your gas guzzler kills’ – the group described it as its ‘biggest action in Cornwall yet’

Devon and Cornwall Police said enquiries were ongoing after ‘multiple reports of car tyres having been deflated in residential streets’. 

The note left by the protestors read: ‘We have deflated one or more of your tyres.

‘You’ll be angry, but don’t take it personally. It’s not you. It’s your car.

‘We did this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has consequences for others.’

It goes on to state that urgent action is needed to reduce emissions and that SUVs are likely to cause more pollution than smaller cars.

The note added: ‘Even if you don’t care about the impacts on people far away from you, there’s also consequences for your neighbours.

‘SUVs cause more air pollution than smaller cars. SUVs are more likely to kill people than normal cars in collisions.

‘Psychological studies show SUV drivers are more likely to take risks on the road. SUVs are unnecessary and pure vanity.’

The Tyre Extinguishers have released a full statement claiming responsibility.

It said: ‘SUVs are a danger for the climate, safety and our health, all so that a privileged few can flaunt their wealth in their shiny status symbols.

‘Because our Government has failed to protect us from this worsening threat, we have opted to protect ourselves.

‘This is an act of retaliation, and is intended as a peaceful and non-violent demonstration to draw attention to the presence of grossly inappropriate private vehicles in our town.

Twitter users respond to the incident of SUV tyres being deflated in St Mawes and Falmouth

Twitter users respond to the incident of SUV tyres being deflated in St Mawes and Falmouth

Twitter users respond to the incident of SUV tyres being deflated in St Mawes and Falmouth

‘Our intent is not to incite harm but rather catalyse change and ensure a safer environment for all.

‘SUVs are a climate disaster: If SUV drivers were a country, they would be the sixth largest emitter on the planet, International Energy Agency researchers were shocked in 2019 to find that SUVs are the second-largest cause of the global rise in carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade – more than shipping, aviation or heavy industry.

‘We believe this is a proportionate and necessary escalation to try and stop these vehicles from worsening the climate.

‘We will not stand by and watch whilst greed dictates how we react to this crisis. Our aim is to make it impossible to own an SUV in the climate we now live in.’

Posting on Twitter- now known as X – a user called Miles Hind said: ‘Read about your action and decided to drive 100km in my Cayenne.

‘Just for fun. Only cause of you.’ 

Another called Dan Martyr said: ‘In Cornwall the lanes are just slightly narrower than a Range Rover. Useless as anything other than a status symbol.’ 

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