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Local group protests BP

Posted June 23, 2010 12:09 p.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2010 6:27 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.