BP oilspill protest draws hundreds to French Quarter



Hundreds of New Orleanians gathered in Washington Artillery Park adjacent to the French Quarter on Sunday afternoon to express their outrage over the response to the ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The target of most of their frustration was BP, the oil giant that had said that morning the oil volcano under the Gulf of Mexico may not be capped until August -- but there was also plenty of invective directed against the federal government, which many of the speakers felt was bowing to the demands of BP rather than taking charge of the situation and telling BP what to do. The protest was staged by Murdered Gulf, an ad hoc group which sprang up to organize the protest and has compiled a list of demands -- and ways citizens can help -- on its website.

Alex Woodward's recap is in the post below this one, and here are some photos from the protest. For others, check out WWL-TV's gallery or this Flickr set by Gambit reader boxchain.

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