Environmental activists snuck onto Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and vandalized the fifth green this past Sunday morning. The group, who call themselves an “anonymous environmental activist collective,” hopped a fence and carved six-foot-tall letters into it with a specific message. Not only did they rip up a piece of property owned by the President of the United States, they filmed the entire thing.
The group said the vandalism was carried out in response to the Trump administration’s “blatant disregard” for the environment. “In response to the president’s recent decision to gut our existing protection policies, direct action was conceived and executed on the green of his California golf course in the form of a simple message: NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS,” the statement said.
The message was carved into the green using gardening tools and took less than one hour to accomplish, according to a member of the group who discussed the project with The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity.
Video shows environmental activists defacing popular Trump golf course https://t.co/DgLdR4onaI
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 12, 2017
The group consisted of four people, who accessed the course by scaling a fence and “walking down a steep hill laced with cacti,” the group member told The Post. “Tearing up the golf course felt justified in many ways,” the member said. “Repurposing what was once a beautiful stretch of land into a playground for the privileged is an environmental crime in its own right.”
“We hope this sends a message to Trump and his corrupt administration that their actions will be met with action,” the member added. Previously farmland, Trump National Golf Club opened in 2006. On its website, the club touts its dedication to “protecting the environmentally sensitive habitat that plays host to several protected plant species and the endangered Coastal California Gnatcatcher (a small migratory bird).”
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