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Cowboys and Indians in Sweden’s Streets

John on November 21, 2007 at 10:22 am

They call themselves The Indians of the Concrete Jungle, at least that’s how The Local is translating the name into English. Somehow I suspect they’d prefer to be called Native Americans of the Concrete Jungle. Personally, I like Eco-Nuts in the Big City, but what do I know.

In any case, the group has decided to do their part for the environment by targeting SUVs, letting the air out of tires and sometimes slashing them for good measure.

“If selective SUV-disarmament is done repeatedly and on a massive scale, it will develop from a slight annoyance in the eyes of the owners into a real obstacle for driving the things, thus putting an end to perhaps the most obnoxious aspect of bourgeois carbon addiction,” the group said in a statement.

The Indian movement is spreading.

SUV owners in Stockholm are not the only ones who need to stay on the alert, as new “tribes” have also emerged in Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall.

It’s sabotage as consciousness raising!

Every time The Indians of the Concrete Jungle sabotage an SUV, they also leave a note for the owners explaining the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

“This does not have to happen if we impose a radical cut on carbon emissions. Now. Not tomorrow. That’s why we have disarmed your SUV by deflating the tires,” they write.

And it’s not just a handful of crazies who support this. The Local, which ran the story, is also running a poll where people can give their impression of the group. Of course online polls are notoriously unreliable, so take the results with a grain (or a shaker) of salt. That said, at present 14% of voters are in agreement with the group’s methods:

Fortunately, someone is standing up to the vandals. They call themselves, what else, the Cowboys of the Concrete Jungle:

During the autumn the similarly anonymous Cowboys of the Concrete Jungle set up a website using the same design as their environmentalist foes.

“There are many of us who view their methods with disgust, and if the Sheriffs of The Concrete Jungle (the police) can’t manage to get to grips with them, we will continue to organize in order to protect our rights and our property,” they wrote.

No doubt the anti-vandals will be bashed as reactionary thugs by the pro-vandalism crowd (who all drive Citroens no doubt). That’s what we get in this country when citizens organize to prevent illegal immigration. There’s a saying for that. It goes something like…Ignore the naysayers.

As long as they keep the resistance non-violent, I’m with the Cowboys on this one.

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