Thursday, September 24, 2009


A campaign group against Donald Trump's £1bn golf resort plans in Aberdeenshire has dressed up statues around Scotland as the American tycoon.
The Menie Liberation Front group said the masks and golf clubs had been added to about 20 statues in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.
Grampian Police said it had launched an investigation into the incidents in Aberdeen.
Mr Trump hopes to build the world's greatest golf resort at Menie.
A spokesman for the protest group said: "We are dressing up famous Scottish statues as the American tycoon to symbolise the way Trump thinks he can walk over Scotland.
"This development has gone too far. Throwing families from their homes for a private development is outrageous."
The protest group - which has threatened further action - said no statues were damaged.

Grampian Police are looking for a man in his 30s and one in his 50s in connection with the incident.
Officials from Aberdeen City Council have been removing the pictures, banners and sets of plastic golf clubs which were placed on the statues.
Martin Glegg, of the Tripping Up Trump group, said he was not aware of the protest and had never heard of the Menie Liberation Front.
He told BBC Scotland: "It shows lots of people are upset by the issue."
The Trump Organisation has already won outline planning permission for two golf courses, a "residential village" and a hotel.
Mr Trump has said his vision comprises a world class golf course, a second 18-hole course, 950 holiday homes and 500 houses.
The proposal was originally rejected by a committee of the council before being called in by the Scottish government and approved.
The Trump Organisation has said it has made "incredibly generous" offers to the owners of four homes on land which forms part of its planned golf resort.
Some local residents at Menie in Aberdeenshire have been refusing to sell to the US tycoon.
Mr Trump's son, Donald Trump Jnr, told BBC Scotland the owners had been offered a 15% premium on market value.
He said they had also been offered the chance to buy new homes at cost price, and the lifetime use of facilities.



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