Scotland Busts Paragliding Trump Protester

Yes, it turns out this is a violation of a no-fly zone over Trump's golf course
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2018 7:34 AM CDT
In this Friday, July 13, 2018 photo, a Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over President Trump's resort in Turnberry, South Ayrshire, Scotland, with a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par."   (John Linton/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – President Trump's visit to the United Kingdom has attracted no small amount of protest or controversy, but one of the more innovative protesters has been arrested for his trouble, reports the Sun. The unnamed 55-year-old Greenpeace protester paraglided over Trump's Turnberry resort Friday evening as the US president arrived, bearing a sign that said: "Trump: Well Below Par." The small problem with this airborne exercise in free speech was that it violated a no-fly zone around the golf course, and snipers were at the ready. Greenpeace says it informed local officials of the stunt 10 minutes beforehand, but the Scottish Hang-gliding and Paragliding Federation isn't having it, telling the Sunday Herald: "To violate airspace risks mid-air collision and is illegal and highly irresponsible. It also brings the sport of paragliding into disrepute." The paraglider himself has not yet been charged.

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