Almost 90 SUVs had their tyres deflated in Toulouse this week as part of ongoing environmental protests against the vehicles.
The ‘dégonfleurs de pneus (tyre deflators)’ in France struck in the Occitanie city overnight on Wednesday, November 16.
On Thursday morning, owners of the vehicles found their SUVs with flat tyres and a note on the windscreen reading: “We have deflated one of several of your tyres. Don’t take it personally. You are not our target; your vehicle is.”
CAN'T KEEP UP WITH PARIS! SUVS DISARMED IN PORT ROYAL, 6TH ARRONDISSEMENT, 12TH ARRONDISSEMENT— The Tyre Extinguishers (@T_Extinguishers) October 28, 2022
At least three actions in Paris the last few nights, with 36 SUVS hit!
Keep it up! pic.twitter.com/nKQu5VexPN
The activists’ statement continues: “We are doing this because driving a vehicle of this size in a city is particularly harmful. Car manufacturers are trying to convince us to buy SUVs and 4×4s. But it's a disaster for the climate.
“SUVs are the second largest global source of carbon dioxide increase in the last decade, ahead of the aviation industry.”
The activists state that the vehicles have no place in the current environment.
They continue: "The world is facing a climate emergency. The UN warns that millions of people are already dying from crises caused by global warming: drought, storms, floods, climate migration and famine.
#“The impacts are minimal for you right now, but that will change. We must reduce our emissions immediately. We are choosing to act because governments are not.”
Police in Toulouse have said that no complaints have been reported so far. It comes after a similar incident in the Pink City in October.
However, these kind of incidents are becoming more common in France, and not just in Toulouse. Incidents have been reported in Bordeaux, Nice, and Paris. It has also been spotted in other European countries, including Italy and Germany.
HANOVER, GERMANY AND TOULOUSE, FRANCE - OVER 100 SUVS DISARMED— The Tyre Extinguishers (@T_Extinguishers) November 18, 2022
90 SUVs disarmed in Toulouse and a brand-new TX group strikes for the first time in Hanover, hitting 19 SUVs. Further action in Hanover is promised! pic.twitter.com/nbG1V7sXfe
The group has been inspired by UK activist organisation ‘Tyre Extinguishers’. On their website, the group has tips for people who wish to start deflating tyres in protest.
So far, the activists only deflate tyres rather than slashing them or damaging the wheels. However, they have previously warned that if no action is taken on SUVs, they could progress to slashing.