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Siberian motorists resort to flower power to demand potholes are filled in

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 June 2013

Tomsk roads got a splash of colour as activists planted artificial flowers in the city's poorly repaired roads.

'We will continue the action as long as the authorities do not repair the roads', campaigner Igor Sashov said. Picture: Dmitriy Kandinskiy, vtomske.ru

Ahead of the 'Potholes in Colour' protest, some gaping holes in the streets were hastily patched up, sometimes only with gravel, they say. Campaigner Igor Sashov said: 'We went out on our campaign early in the morning so as not to interfere with the car traffic. 

'We 'planted' artificial flowers to highlight the problem. We spared live plants. In total, we planted nearly 50 flowers on dozens of streets. With flowers and paint, we noted the most problematic areas. Our event was attended by about 30 people.'

potholes and flowers Tomsk


potholes and flowers Tomsk


potholes and flowers Tomsk

'We 'planted' artificial flowers to highlight the problem. We spared live plants. In total, we planted nearly 50 flowers on dozens of streets'. Pictures: Dmitriy Kandinskiy, vtomske.ru

The reaction of passing drivers was often positive, he said. 

'Some got out of their cars and asked whether it was possible to join us. We gave to everyone paint, sand, and flowers'.

He vowed: 'We will continue the action as long as the authorities do not repair the roads'.

Comments (2)

they deserves a good response from the city hall. Good luck
Mariusz, Poland
06/06/2013 16:13
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not a bad way to change things
Tania, Germany
04/06/2013 11:23
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