Greenpeace PR chief scales BP building in protest at Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Greenpeace director of communications Ben Stewart is among a number of protestors to have scaled the BP building this morning in protest at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Protests: BP headquarters
Protests: BP headquarters

The Greenpeace volunteers arrived at BP's London headquarters at 0530, before climbing onto a small metal balcony above the front door. They then attached a specially designed giant flag to the company's flagpole bearing the words 'British Polluters', alongside a large oil-soaked version of the company's logo.

‘BP's bright green logo is a pathetic attempt to distract our attention from the reality of what this company is doing, both in the Gulf of Mexico but also in places like the tar sands of Canada,' said Stewart. 'Chief executive Tony Hayward's reckless approach will cause more disasters unless action is taken to stop him.'

Protestors waving banners are also planning to greet executives at a side entrance.

Hayward is expected to arrive this morning to chair a board meeting which will focus on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He flew into London last night and is in the UK for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico a month ago.

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