LANCASTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Activists protested against a Saudi-backed golf league at the Bolton Fairgrounds in response to the LIV Golf event at nearby International Golf Club in throughout the weekend.

Demonstrators said the league is being used as “sports-washing” by the Saudi regime to distract from the country’s humanitarian crimes.

The fairgrounds are hosting parking for the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday at The International and features several of golf’s biggest stars, including Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka.

LIV Golf was a popular topic during June’s U.S. Open, which was held at the Country Club in Brookline just a week after LIV golf’s inaugural event.

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