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'Environment activists' deflate car tires in Rīga

State police have begun checks on a number of cases of people calling themselves environmental activists deflating car tires. Such activity is known to have taken place in several countries, Latvian Television reported October 18.

“Attention, your "fuel swallower" is harmful,” such a statement was found on the windscreen Wednesday morning by drivers of several cars in Rīga. And along with the flyer, they've discovered that at least one tire has been deflated.

“I left the house in the morning, I was going to go to work. You know, it's all planned by the minute in the morning. I got into the car and saw the paper on the windshield. My car had the tire deflated on the rear wheel. I understand the problem of ecology is current, but this method is vandalism,“ said Natalija.

The text contains one error after another, likely translated from a foreign language via a computer without the author realizing what he wrote.

The authors of the text call themselves tire-drainers, pointing out that they deflated tires intentionally because driving a giant vehicle has “huge consequences for others.”

State police have received several submissions from victims.

“For now, checks have been launched. We'll do a test, maybe there will be other people complaining and writing submissions. If damage to property is recorded, criminal proceedings will be unambiguously initiated.

“And a person should, in principle, be held criminally liable. But in this case, according to the existing information, the State Police believes that there has been an administrative violation – for disturbing public order,” said Nikolajs Popovs, Chief of the State Police Riga Latgale Precinct Order Police Department.

State police are calling for such cases to be reported so they can estimate the extent to which people calling themselves tire drainers have operated. It is known that such 'campaigns' have taken place in several countries.

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