Protesters: Tripping up Trump
Target: The Trump Organisation
Date: 27 May
The latest effort to block Donald Trump's £1bn golf resort in Aberdeenshire has seen Tripping up Trump supporters such as comedian Mark Thomas and mountaineer Cameron McNeish become joint owners of one acre of land within the proposed development. Campaigners also unveiled an online appeal for sympathisers to register as joint owners.
- Why the protests?
The land is part of Michael Forbes' 23-acre property that sits inside the proposed resort. Trump's rivals expect him to seek a compulsory purchase order and believe their mass ownership of part of the land will make it legally and politically difficult for Aberdeenshire Council to agree to the order.
- How did The Trump Organisation respond?
The Trump Organisation said it was not worried by the land move and claimed Tripping Up Trump has no credibility. Trump said: 'It is a little late to trip me up. It is a very sad situation that (Forbes') property is so poorly maintained. It is a pigsty. In the US, we call it a slum.'
- How did the media cover it?
The story was covered widely in the national media and news wires, including The Guardian, The Scotsman and The Financial Times. Celebrity backers, such as Lord Puttnam, have helped keep the campaign in the news since its launch last year.