Protestors urge London museum to cut BP ties

28th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Protesters staged a demonstration outside a major London museum on Monday, calling on its bosses to cut their ties with BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A group of artists, calling themselves "The Good Crude Britannia," poured a black substance -- thought to be molasses -- from cans emblazoned with the British oil giant's logo outside the Tate Britain museum.

They were voicing their concern about the museum's links to the embattled oil firm, as the museum held its summer party, organised to celebrate 20 years of support by BP and to launch a new exhibition by artist Fiona Banner.

Tate defended its links to BP, saying the oil giant was "one of the most important sponsors of arts in the UK."

It said in a statement that regular reviews were undertaken to ensure compliance with its ethics policy, and added that: "BP has worked with Tate since 1990 and fits within the guidelines of this policy."

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill began on April 22, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP sank, two days after a blast killed 11 workers.

BP's share price has since collapsed by 50 percent as it battles to stem the flow of oil.

© 2010 AFP

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