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No War. No Warming! Takeover at the British Museum

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Time 14:00
Date 16/02/19
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After finding out the British Museum's major exhibition is being supported by oil giant BP, BP or not BP? are asking all to join together & challenge this through song, movement, storytelling & more.

That's right! The British Museum's blockbuster exhibition with stolen ancient Iraqi objects on display is being sponsored by BP, the war-profiteering, climate-crashing oil company.

16 years after massive protests took place around the world against the invasion of Iraq, join BP or not BP? to bring the resistance to arms, oil and injustice into a mass creative takeover of the British Museum!

The reason why they're doing this?
- The BP-sponsored Assyria exhibition includes many looted items from ancient Iraq. These represent just one sample of a range of vital cultural objects stolen from communities around the world that are now held by the British Museum, and the museum is coming under increasing pressure to return such objects to their rightful owners.

- BP is deeply complicit in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The oil company actively lobbied the UK government, saying it was ‘desperate’ to get into Iraq and that ‘political deals should not deny it the opportunity’. After the invasion, BP was able to sign highly beneficial contracts for Iraq’s oil fields. This mass performance action is taking place the day after the 16th anniversary of the huge international protests against the invasion in 2003.

- Iraqis are protesting on the ground as they are seeing the detrimental effects of oil extraction on water pollution and health, but most are not benefiting from the profits of the industry. Despite a doubling of the country’s oil exports since 2003, many Iraqi people lack access to basic services such as electricity and clean water.

- BP is one of the companies most responsible for the climate crisis, and continues to make things worse by lobbying against climate laws, blocking clean energy and pushing for ever-dirtier sources of fuel. Climate change caused by BP’s operations is already affecting the Middle East, fueling conflict, damaging livelihoods and forcing people to leave their homes.

So, if you care about climate change, peace, social justice and international solidarity, come together to say to the British Museum - drop BP. Justice for Iraq! And... no more logos on stolen artefacts.