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UK News Topless Extinction Rebellion protesters cover themselves in fake oil to demonstrate against National Portrait Gallery's BP sponsorship deal

11:55  21 october  2019
11:55  21 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Topless Extinction Rebellion protesters cover themselves in fake oil to demonstrate against National Portrait Gallery ' s BP sponsorship deal . Activists from XR teamed up with BP or Not BP ? and Culture Unstained as a black liquid was poured on them. They curled up in foetal position and

Protesters from Extinction Rebellion and other groups drenched themselves in fake oil . Semi-naked environmental campaigners have been drenched in fake oil at the National Portrait Gallery Oil means the end but art means the beginning.” The three activists covered in black liquid lay down

Topless Extinction Rebellion activists have covered themselves in fake oil at the National Portrait Gallery in London during a protest against its sponsorship by BP.

Demonstrators from the eco-warrior group teamed up with BP or Not BP? and Culture Unstained as they laid down plastic sheets and had a black liquid poured on them in the Ondaatje Wing at 4.15pm.

Three protesters curled up in the foetal position as others coated them in the 'oil' in front of a BP-sponsored art display.

The unauthorised stunt capped a two-week wave of actions by the civil disobedience movement, which has led to more than 3,300 arrests in London and cities around the world, the group said.

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Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate

Extinction Rebellion members lie on the ground, covered in fake crude oil , to protest Oil means the end, but art means the beginning.” The National Portrait Gallery said BP ’ s support for its “The ongoing debate around BP ’ s sponsorship of the arts raises important questions about both the

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Today's XR action called Crude Truth came at the end of the BP Portrait Award exhibition.

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Visitors to a London portrait gallery were treated to an impromptu performance on Sunday when three semi-naked climate activists were doused with mock crude oil in a protest Extinction Rebellion members lie on the ground, covered in fake crude oil , to protest an exhibition sponsored by BP at

Visitors to a London portrait gallery were treated to an impromptu performance on Sunday when three semi-naked climate activists were doused with mock crude oil in a protest Extinction Rebellion members lie on the ground, covered in fake crude oil , to protest an exhibition sponsored by BP at

Activists spread a white sheet over the floor of the main hall of the gallery's Ondaatje wing before two women and a man wearing only skin-coloured underwear adopted foetal positions on the covering. One man chanted 'NGP, drop BP' during the five-minute protest.

Protester Eden Rickson read a poem asking the gallery to stop accepting sponsorship money from BP.

She said: 'We cannot be artists on a dead planet...Yet right now the National Portrait Gallery is tied to a company brutally funding the end of our world.

'With compassion, we ask you to change. Oil means the end, but art means the beginning.'

a group of people in a room: Blythe Pepino, 30, a music artist from London, said: 'As the founder of BirthStrike I am in full support of the Extinction Rebellion action at the National Portrait Gallery' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Blythe Pepino, 30, a music artist from London, said: 'As the founder of BirthStrike I am in full support of the Extinction Rebellion action at the National Portrait Gallery' a group of people standing in a room: James Fox, who was the fake oil pourer and is a wildlife biologist, 25, from London, said: 'As an undergraduate Zoologist I studied oil spill ecotoxicology for my dissertation, with a particular focus on BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited James Fox, who was the fake oil pourer and is a wildlife biologist, 25, from London, said: 'As an undergraduate Zoologist I studied oil spill ecotoxicology for my dissertation, with a particular focus on BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster'

Blythe Pepino, 30, a music artist from London, said: 'As the founder of BirthStrike I am in full support of the Extinction Rebellion action at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Judge also among those calling on gallery to sever links to oil firm on eve of its annual awards.

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'BirthStrike represents a growing group of young adults now too frightened to bring children into the world because of companies like BP have worked to undermine the seriousness of the crisis as well as the action needed to mitigate it for more than half a century.

'BP is, right now, contributing to the destruction of peoples and planet and their tokenistic funding of the arts, which functions as propaganda, must be stopped. Our cultural sector has a responsibility to Tell The Truth.'

James Fox, who was the fake oil pourer and is a wildlife biologist, 25, from London, said: 'As an undergraduate Zoologist I studied oil spill ecotoxicology for my dissertation, with a particular focus on BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster.

'Specifically, our research group uncovered how a crude oil chemical called Phenanthrene – now found literally everywhere in the world due to fossil fuel exploration, including on vegetables – breaks down the functioning of heart cells, weakens animals and makes them succumb to parasites, even at low doses.

'The results of oil exploration are sickening. I'm here as an activist now because no amount of research will make BP stop drilling – only economic and political disruption will.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has slammed Extinction Rebellion for their unlawful and dangerous Speaking about the police' s action against Extinction Rebellion Ms Patel said: "But what I would She said: "This is the best deal and the fact that it has been negotiated pretty assiduously should give

Extinction Rebellion members covered in fake crude oil to protest an exhibition sponsored by BP at The National Portrait Gallery . The protester seen been dragged from the roof of a tube train on Thursday by furious commuters has been named as James Mee.

'Cultural whitewashing is just one of the ways oil giants like BP maintain their social license to operate. It's high time that was revoked, as publicly as possible.'

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: At the end of the performance, the climate change activists (pictured on the plastic sheet) stood up and cleaned themselves © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At the end of the performance, the climate change activists (pictured on the plastic sheet) stood up and cleaned themselves

At the end of the performance, the climate change activists stood up and cleaned themselves.

A board in the National Portrait gallery reads: 'The BP Next Generation workshops provide inspiration for younger artists developing their portrait-making practice … at the National Portrait Gallery, we would like to extend our gratitude to BP for their continued support.'

The gallery said BP's support for its Portrait Award encouraged the work of artists around the world and enabled free admission to an exhibition, which had drawn more than 300,000 visitors this year.

'The ongoing debate around BP's sponsorship of the arts raises important questions about both the environment and arts funding, and we are listening carefully to voices on all sides,' the gallery said in a statement.

BP said in a statement: 'We have been supporting the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery for 30 years, and today it is probably the world’s leading portrait competition.

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Visitors to a London portrait gallery were treated to an impromptu performance on Sunday when three semi-naked climate activists were doused with mock crud. Extinction Rebellion members lie on the floor, covered in fake crude oil , to protest an exhibition sponsored by BP at The National Portrait

Visitors to a London portrait gallery were treated to an impromptu performance on Sunday when three semi-naked climate activists were doused with mock crude oil in a protest against arts sponsorship by British oil company BP .

'Over 2,500 artists from more than 80 countries entered this year’s competition and the exhibition of winners and selected entrants has been seen by thousands of visitors at the NPG in London over the past four months.

'More broadly BP’s support for the arts in the UK, including our support for the NPG, has provided access to world-class events to millions of people over more than 50 years.This is part of our commitment to giving back to communities where we live and work.'

It added: 'We understand that some protest against BP’s support. We actually share some of their concerns. We recognise the world needs to transition rapidly to net-zero in the coming decades and we are in action - we have ambitious plans for the future and welcome engagement with all about how to make the energy we produce cleaner and better.

'This global challenge will need everyone – companies, governments and individuals – to work together to achieve a low carbon future.'

The latest 'rebellion' follows an incident on Friday that saw fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and her son Joe Corré join West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda protest outside the front of the BP headquarters in London.

Benny Wenda et al. posing for the camera: (Left to right) Free West Papua spokesperson Raki Ap, Free West Papua leader Benny Wenda, Dame Vivienne Westwood, her son Joe Corre and a member of Extinction Rebellion outside the head office of BP, in London, where they are delivering a report on the company's activities in West Papua © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited (Left to right) Free West Papua spokesperson Raki Ap, Free West Papua leader Benny Wenda, Dame Vivienne Westwood, her son Joe Corre and a member of Extinction Rebellion outside the head office of BP, in London, where they are delivering a report on the company's activities in West Papua

Yesterday police launched an investigation into a number of commuters who 'carried out a vigilante-style attack' on an Extinction Rebellion protester who scaled a tube train.

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By accepting sponsorship from BP , the National Portrait Gallery is making a bold public statement – even after the existent thorough research into BP ’ s Extinction Rebellion ’ s key demands are: Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other

Visitors to London' s National Portrait Gallery were treated to an impromptu performance on Sunday (October 20) when three semi-naked climate activists were doused with mock crude oil in a protest against arts sponsorship by British oil company BP . Activists spread a white sheet over the floor of

Angry commuters dragged climate demonstrators James Mee, 35, and Mark Ovland, 36, from the roof of a train as they attempted to bring chaos to the capital's morning rush-hour on Thursday.

In video taken during the incident it then appeared as though a scuffle broke out between the protester and the commuters.

Eight XR protesters were arrested as a result of the action but British Transport Police have now confirmed that the commuters involved are also being investigated.

Commuters at Canning Town station reacted furiously to an XR protester climbing on top of their train © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Commuters at Canning Town station reacted furiously to an XR protester climbing on top of their train He was dragged off the roof of the carriage after commuters boosted one of their number so he could reach the man's foot © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He was dragged off the roof of the carriage after commuters boosted one of their number so he could reach the man's foot

The XR gang who caused chaos for London Underground commuters were later identified as a Buddhist teacher, a doctor, a grandfather and a vicar.

Mark Ovland gave up his full-time Buddhist teacher training studies earlier this year to join XR as a 'full time protestor'.

Other XR campaigners joining him in the Tube action included pensioner Phil Kingston, 83, who earlier this month was pictured standing on top of a fire engine as activists sprayed 1,800 litres of fake blood over the Treasury.

Self-described Green Christian Ruth Jarman, a 56-year-old vicar, was also pictured protesting on the London Underground network.

Authorities are looking for evidence against a number of commuters who were involved in Thursday's violent rush-hour scenes.

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Police investigate commuters who dragged Extinction Rebellion protesters off Tube train roof .
The British Transport Police have announced they are investigating the commuters whopulled Extinction Rebellion protesters from the roof of a tube trainearlier this week. Officers from the BTP said they are looking to speak to a number of tube passengers over the “vigilante-style attack” at Canning Town station which saw James Mee, 35, and Mark Ovland, 36, dragged off a Jubilee Line train. Eight XR protesters were arrested as a result of the action but British Transport Police have now confirmed that the commuters involved are also being investigated - MailOnline reports.

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