Russians Are Jumping Onto Cars To Make A Political Statement
People have had enough of pavement rage… so are taking matters into their own hands...
Driving in Russia is a tricky business. Dodgy policemen, cows and bears on road, meteorite showers. You get the gist.
Drivers trying to protect themselves from the madness can get their hands on a dashcam, these apparently give you some leverage in court when your sorry ass is dragged to a tribunal against an on road madman.
They’ve also been providing an ENDLESS source of entertainment for the online community.
But what about the Russian on foot crew? The people without dashcams constantly handy, or without a GoPro perpetually stuck to their head? There are walkers who find themselves time and again forced off the hallowed halls of sanctuary - the pavement- by drivers who’ve just got sick of the road. The rich and the well-connected (nepotism, after all, is an essential part of a corrupt system) too often feel all-powerful behind the wheel. The police prefer not to get involved and those who stand up to the offenders sometimes find themselves staring down the barrel of a gun.
Activists from a youth movement called StopXam (Stop The Douchebag) have taken a very direct approach.
Blocking the way of cars driving on pavements, activists refuse to budge when threatened, instead politely asking drivers to turn back. If refused, they’ll whack a sticker on the windscreens, as a reward for competent douchemanship. They ain’t those easy peel ones, either.
Thank goodness they see enough sense to film the whole process, providing highly entertaining (though maybe confusing?) viewing for internet users the world over. Enjoysky!