The police had been called, and secirity guards tried to remove the now fully unfurled banner "BP Sponsors Climate Chaos", arguing that they owned the space we were in and that we had no right to protest there. Determination won through and we were granted a "victory lap" of the domed space. We continued our presence outside the museum for a couple of hours, handing out leaflets about BP and Baku. Stickers have now livened up the dull stone facades of these thumping great Victorian buildings. On arrival the police immediately focused their attentions on a couple of us, including our camera man, but left once it became apparent that they hadn't a hope in hell of charging us.
This is part of a campaign to alert people to the serious issues surrounding oil consumption, transportation and extraction. In the ever more bloody "aftermath" of the latest Gulf war, and in the 120 day consultation period for the BTC pipeline, it is essential that "No Blood For Oil" does not fade away with all the other slogans chanrted on the marches. There is blood, torture, repression and environmental degradation for oil every day round the world, from Colombia to Chechnya.
For too long these issues hae been pigeon-holed as "environmental " or "green" as if they were not intimately linked with every detail fo our individual lives, and of our country's foreign policy. There has to be a fundamental change in the way we live and relate to other people, as individuals and as nations. We are putting these issues back where they deserve to be: top of the agenda.