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Hundreds protest against BP sponsorship of British Museum exhibition

Around 350 protesters staged a demonstration against oil giant BP sponsorship of a British museum exhibition called "I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria", the Independent reported.

The demonstration comes after less than a week, when another exhibition entitled "I am British Petroleum, King of Exploitation, king of Injustice" was held in P21 Gallery in central London.

Using a 200-meter black fabric, the demonstrators surrounded the central rotunda of the Great Court. Words and symbols representing connections between BP sponsorship, climate change, looted artifacts and the Iraqi war were sewn on the fabric.

The protesters sent over 200 messages to the British Museum urging an end to the relationship with BP and return of the stolen items. However, the organizers said it was a challenge to the oil giant’s sponsorship of the Assyrian exhibition including objects from what is now known as Iraq.

The objects from the British Museum’s collection were collected and excavated with the full knowledge and permission of the Ottoman government in the 19th century, who gave permission for the objects to be exported.

We have very good relationships with our colleagues in Iraq, collaborating with the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage,” said a spokesperson from the museum. “In response to the Iraq War, we are training 50 Iraqi archaeologists in emergency heritage management through the Iraq Scheme which is featured in the exhibition.”

Last Modified: Sunday، 17 February 2019 12:03 PM
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