The LIV Golf makes its first stop in the United States this week. The Saudi-funded series will play a tournament.
The match will hold next week at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, west of Portland.
The mayor of North Plains, and those of nearby towns, have expressed their concerns to the club’s owner, Escalante Golf.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is against holding the tournament. Some club members are also uncomfortable with the situation.
They cite human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. It includes the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Jamal Khashoggi was killed in his country’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
But in Oregon, there is also anger surrounding a crime that affects the population more. The hit-and-run caused the death of 15-year-old Fallon Smart in 2016.
The culprit was a Saudi student named Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah. He was repatriated by Saudi Arabia even before facing murder charges against him.
His country helped him forge a fake passport and provided him with a private jet to escape.
“Fallon Smart was killed very close to my home southeast of Portland. It’s wrong to remain silent while Saudi Arabia is trying to whitewash criminals.
The people of Oregon want justice,” said Senator Wyden.
Authorities are concerned about the possibility of protests in North Plains. It is a small town of only 3400 people.
Spectators present at the tournament are prohibited from political demonstrations.
“We oppose this event because it is sponsored by a repressive government. Their examples of human rights violations are well documented.
We refuse to support these abuses by allowing a Saudi-funded organization to play at home.
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