Environmentalist vandals went covertly  to Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, to damage one of the greens on the course with six-foot-tall letters that read: “NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS.” The course overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is located south of Los Angeles. In 2016, it was 43rd best course in California by Golf Digest.
 
According to the The Washington Post, the self-described “environmentalist collective” declared that it carried out the vandalism out of concern for Trump’s supposed “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.
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that it got a call for response on Sunday morning. There was a report that the grass around the fifth hole on the course had been damaged. An officer was sent to the course to ascertain whether the damage was intentional or not.
 
The environmentalist message are sliced into the grass with gardening tools early in the morning, according to a member of the environmentalist pressure group.  According to the Post, four people from the group climbed a face and walked down a steep hill. In a message to the post, the group said that it was justified in damaging the green. “Repurposing what was once a beautiful stretch of land into a playground for the privileged is an environmental crime in its own right.” The group expects that the vandalism will send a “message” to Trump.
 
Trump National Golf Club’s website notes that the course involved the cooperation of several government agencies, including U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish& Game to produce standards and guidelines for the course. 
 
In other instances of direct action on the part of groups campaigning against Trump included the installation of life-size statues of Trump that depicted him as nude. They appeared in public spaces in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Seattle in August 2016.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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