A Lithuanian Mayor crushes an illegally parked car in a demonstration. Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas has been fed up with luxury car owners illegally parking in the streets and wanted to send a message. “What should the city do about drivers who think that they are above the law?” Zuokas asked in the video, according to a translation posted on The Guardian’s Web site.
He then demonstrated what he thought the city should do. Zuokas sitting on top of a tank revved the engine up pointed in the direction of a blue Mercedes parked in a bike lane. He then proceeded to drive the tank over the vehicle, that was purchased for the demonstration. Answering his own question Zuokas then says, “It seems that a tank is the best solution.”
An advocate of alternative transportation now in his third term as mayor, Zuokas has had bike lanes installed throughout the city. After crushing the vehicle, Zuokas is shown sweeping up the debris and shaking the hand of the car’s distraught owner. Zuokas then made his getaway not in a tank but on a motorized bike.
“Mayor Zuokas wanted his message to be loud and clear that the city will not tolerate brazen and disrespectful behavior by drivers who disobey parking rules,” his spokeswoman, Irma Juskenaite, told the Guardian. “The mayor hopes that he will not have to repeat his performance,” she said, “although he says that he is prepared to do so.” When Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor in New York known for his avid bicycling, was asked whether Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg would consider something similar, he responded: “Firing up the tank right now.”By: Pat Prescott
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