Blaming them for excessive water consumption in the midst of a drought, activists from a collective close to Extinction Rebellion vandalized two sites in the Toulouse conurbation overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.
While the drought is raging throughout France and the practice of golf is attacked from all sides indiscriminately, activists from the Kirikou group, close to the Extinction Rebellion movement, ransack the golf courses of the Garonne, north of the Ville Rose , as well as that of Old Toulouse, to the south.
“The watering of greens, courses and departures of golf courses, is authorized by derogation because of the cost of maintenance of these very luxurious grounds”, argues the Kirikou collective in its press release.
“This claimed act of sabotage resonates like a move to direct action in a context of incessant “blabla” from politicians who never dare to take the necessary decisions”, denounce the environmental activists who have plugged holes with cement, deliberately damaged greens and installed panels.
We read: “This hole was plugged because its use did not correspond to the maintenance of a viable world. The director of the Garonne golf course, Nicolas Astier, plans to file a complaint while the French Golf Federation, and in particular its president, Pascal Grizot, is regularly invited to discuss the merits of these exemptions on TV sets or to the radio.
. Toulouse is a city in France, capital of the Occitanie region (department of Haute-Garonne). Crossed by the Garonne, it is located in the southwestern region of the country, about 100 km from the Spanish Pyrenees and more or less halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
It is the fourth most populated city in the country after Paris, Marseille and Lyon. According to the 2017 census, the city of Toulouse has 479,553 inhabitants (compared to 390,350 in 1999), which reaches 1,360,829 (compared to 964,797 in 1999) in its metropolitan area, also the fourth most populated in the country (INSEE) .
The municipal territory of the city covers an area of 118.3 km². Cultural center of Occitania, it received the nickname of Pink City for the dominant color of the old buildings and has two sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Romanesque basilica of Saint-Sernin (the largest Romanesque building of Europe) and the Canal du Midi.
Its inhabitants are called Tolosani (Toulousains) and the symbol that appears on the flag of the city is the Occitan cross. The city’s motto is, in Occitan, Per Tolosa totjorn mai (Per Tolosa, more and more).