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Why are protests planned at Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf club in New Jersey on Friday?

The third LIV Golf Invitational Tournament Series event will be held at Trump National Golf Club this weekend, and protesters plan to be at the venue.

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The third LIV Golf Invitational Tournament Series event will be held at Trump National Golf Club this weekend, and protesters plan to be at the venue.
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The third tournament of the LIV Golf Invitational Series is set to be held at Trump National Golf Club this weekend, and families of 9/11 victims are planning to protest the Saudi Arabian-backed event, which they have asked to be cancelled.

Organizations of family members and survivors of 9/11 intend to put the spotlight on the Saudi Arabian government’s connections to the attack. 9/11 Justice and 9/11 Families United will be among the groups protesting the Bedminster, New Jersey competition down the street from the golf club.

Families appeal to Trump to cancel the competition

9/11 Justice sent a letter to former president Donald Trump last week to call for a meeting to have a chance to air their grievances and to relay their anger at having the contest about 50 miles from where the attack took place.

According to Politico, Brett Eagleson, one of the group’s founders, says a Trump aide acknowledged receipt of the letter, but stressed that the tournament would push through as agreed upon in a contract.

9/11 Families United says that they have recently come upon information that the Saudi government gave support to those who carried out the attacks. Many of the terrorists were Saudi Arabian, but the government has denied their involvement.

The protesters also want to call out the players for participating in the event.

The LIV Tour is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, and has been criticized as a way to improve the image of the country in the wake of accusations that it has committed human rights abuses.

Trump has urged golfers to sign up with the LIV Golf Series. He was known to have close ties with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia when he was president.

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