May 25, 2010 / 12:12 AM / 7 years ago

Protesters bare nearly all at BP's Houston office

<p>Codepink activists stage a demonstration calling for British Petroleum to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, during a protest outside BP Plc's corporate headquarters building in Houston May 24, 2010. The U.S. government piled pressure on BP to clean up a "massive environmental mess" in the Gulf of Mexico amid growing anger at the oil giant's failure to contain a five-week-old oil spill. The company insisted it was doing all it could to try to shut off a blown-out oil well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons (liters) of oil into the Gulf every day.Richard Carson</p>

HOUSTON (Reuters) - About 100 protesters, some wearing cowboy boots and little else, took to the sidewalk outside the U.S. headquarters of BP Plc on Monday to "bare the truth" about the giant oil spill that is threatening an environmental disaster for the Gulf of Mexico.

On a hot Texas afternoon, protesters marched to BP's Houston "campus" from a nearby park chanting phrases like "Hey, hey, Lamar McKay, how many fish did you kill today," a reference to BP's top U.S. executive.

The protesters -- many of them women from the activist group Code Pink -- wore little clothing, while others were costumed to resemble the fish and birds that have been injured or killed by the spreading massive oil slick caused by the deadly April 20 oil rig explosion.

"What do you get when you drill, drill, drill?" chanted protester Medea Benjamin, wearing a bright pink wig, pink tape covering her breasts and skin-colored spandex shorts covered by a fishing net. "The naked truth, spill baby spill."

The Houston event was one of many staged by environmental groups in recent weeks.

In Port Fourchon, Louisiana, Greenpeace activists boarded a ship contracted to drill for Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska and wrote the words "Arctic Next?" in oil. Seven activists were arrested, Greenpeace said.

The Houston protest was a variety of street theater, with a man dressed in coveralls and a hard hat emblazoned with the BP log impersonating BP's chief executive.

"Everybody make way for the CEO of BP!" one protester yelled.

"Here's what you get baby!" yelled the faux BP chief executive, the lenses of his sunglasses emblazoned by gold dollar signs as he poured black viscous liquid over a woman dressed in a bird costume. "What do I care?" he said, laughing maniacally. "It's about the money!"

Reporting by Chris Baltimore, Editing by Sandra Maler

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