Protesters bare nearly all at BP’s Houston office

* Protesters criticize “drill baby drill” mentality

* Some nearly nude women protest BP’s oil spill

By Chris Baltimore

HOUSTON, May 24 (BestGrowthStock) – About 100 protesters, some
wearing cowboy boots and little else, took to the sidewalk
outside the U.S. headquarters of BP Plc (BP.L: ) 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

“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!”

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(Reporting by Chris Baltimore, Editing by Sandra Maler)

Protesters bare nearly all at BP’s Houston office