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Local group protests BP

Posted June 23, 2010

— A group gathered Wednesday at Lake Johnson Park for a protest against BP.

The group, mainly made up of college students, covered themselves with a mixture of oil, water and paint to symbolize the oil that’s affecting wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

Protesters also put up crosses in honor of different types of animals affected by the BP oil spill.

"I can only imagine what these animals are going through, swimming in this, being around this," student Graham Chapman said.

Local group gathers in Raleigh for BP protest Local group gathers in Raleigh for BP protest

Members of the group said they are hoping to raise money for the Gulf Restoration Network, a group that has been working for years to protect the natural resources in the Gulf.

“Eventually, everyone in some aspect is going to be affected by this if we don’t try and work on it right now,” event organizer Caitlyn Brewer said. “You don’t have to be in Florida. You don’t have to be at the Gulf to make a change. You don’t. You can be right there and do something about it.”

About 10 people attended the protest.

A BP spokeswoman contacted by WRAL News had no comment on the demonstration.


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  • mandyprice Jun 24, 2010

    I think it's great that they care and show respect for the situation. People on here that are downing them should be ashamed. The creatures out in our beautiful ocean are suffering. Would you like to be out there? I certainly think not. These people protesting are our future. Aren't you glad they're out trying to make a differnce? If not, you should be.

  • wildcat Jun 24, 2010

    What a waste of time. Nothing will be solve there standing on side-lines holding signs. They all need to get a life. They cannot even solve the issue.

  • rroutput Jun 23, 2010

    Jobs don't matter if the nation is a toxic wasteland!

  • timothycapwell Jun 23, 2010

    Probaly the first bath most of them have had in a while. Youth is wasted on the young. I just love how the media grants this scant few protestors front page status...much like they grant 4 "reverends" status of speaking for the public at the Wake County school board meetings. The media must control the message they want to get out. Too bad no one is buying it anymore.

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  • mep Jun 23, 2010

    These kids obviously do not care about those AMERICANS employed by BP..... or the possible job losses due to the result of a successful boycott. but then again, most of them do not have jobs either. I also do not remember any protests in the 1979 Gulf spill.... oh, these kids were not born yet. Obviously they have too much time on thier hands.

  • noreplytome2 Jun 23, 2010

    ID-10 t's! 10 people does not make a protest...it makes less than a dozen kids covered in oil. That quite likely washed themselves only to allow the oily suspension go into a storm drain.

  • enigma1469 Jun 23, 2010

    Do you know why WRAL reported on this non news worthy story? Liberal media.. Liberal agenda...

  • dahman Jun 23, 2010

    10 people?? you gotta be kidding me. no question the gulf situation is dire and there ll be hell to pay as we move forward in time.

    two points.

    first bp has a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$, so i imagine they ll be standing for a lot of what has gone on and what will need to be paid for as days go by.

    second obviously some college students have too much idle time on their hands.

    ps. wraltv...............this is NOT newsworthy!!!

  • NCPictures Jun 23, 2010

    "About 10 people attended the protest."

    Oh. That ought to make a dent. How much did they raise?