Environmental activists make sure to be introduced on the night of August 10 to 11 into the grounds of the two golf courses in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne). After committing damage, climate activists say they want to warn about the waste of water in times of drought.
Lawns rendered unusable, cement poured into the holes… A very young collective of climate activists wanted to strike hard for its first punch operation. It’s chosen done.
On the night of Wednesday August 10 to Thursday August 11, several people from “Kirikou”, an environmental defense collective presenting itself as “non-violent”, allegedly broke into the grounds of two private golf courses located in the town. Toulouse (Haute-Garonne). This is the Garonne golf course, to the north of the city, as well as that of Vieille Toulouse, located to the south.
After having entered by breaking and entering, the militants would have undertaken to block the holes of the courses and to damage the lawn. Signs and inscriptions were also installed on the vandalized sites as shown in this post on Facebook:
In a context of drought, “watering the greens, courses and departures of golf courses is authorized by derogation due to the cost of maintaining these courses very rich“, explains the Kirikou collective in a press release.
“We wanted to denounce the recommendations noted by some. In particular sports equipment, while the use of water is under restriction“, comments this Thursday the collective Kirikou. “Priority data for water use is not understood”.
The majority of the Haute-Garonne department is placed on heightened drought alert. This situation pushes the authorities to take measures to restrict the use of water. For a time, golf courses were exempt.
Joined by our colleagues from AFP, the director of the Garonne golf course, Nicolas Astier, deplores the damage committed on his site and plans to file a complaint. “These are people who are not well informed about our water consumption“, he says.
According to him, “on waters only the greens, it is an area which represents only half of a football field“. The manager affirms it: “on has been paying attention to our water consumption for two months“.
On condition of anonymity, a member of Kirikou joined this Thursday assures that the collective “knows the legal risks that this entails since it involves damage to private property“.