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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 January 2003
ISR - Protest Against BP
Lord Browne, chief executive of British Petroleum (BP), stated at the end of October 2002:
"We have to let it be known that the thing we would like to make sure, if Iraq changes regime is that there is a level playing field for the selection of oil companies to go in there..."
In other words, BP intends to profit out of it! If war goes ahead, thousands of people will lose their lives - this is what making profits means for ordinary people.
BP appears to be Tony Blair's favourite oil company. His close links with BP bosses indicate Blair's highest priority is keeping his big business friends happy.
Lord Browne is close to the prime minister. A grateful Mr Blair added a peerage to the oilman's knighthood after he helped end the fuel protests of summer 2000.
Anji Hunter, Blair's former special assistant on a wage of £120,000 is now Browne's director of communications on £200,000. Nick Butler, strategic policy advisor for BP is a former Labour candidate.
These are just some of the many reasons why BP has been dubbed 'Blair's Petroleum.'
International Socialist Resistance (ISR) is campaigning for protests across the country on Saturday 8 February against BP. ISR is an international anti-capitalist youth organisation.
Our main campaign is 'Youth Against the War', against war on Iraq. We have called this day of action to highlight BP's and other oil companies' interests in war in Iraq.
If you would like to join a local protest, organise your own, want to support the day of action etc, please get in touch on the contact details below for more info.
Tell us if you are planning your own protest.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST Resistance (ISR) is an international anti-capitalist youth organisation with groups in many different countries.
Initiated by the Socialist Party, ISR is a democratic, broad organisation fighting for a socialist alternative to capitalism.
For more details write to: ISR, PO Box 858, London, E11 1YG. Tel: 020 8558 7947.
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In The Socialist 24 January 2003:
Worldwide Protests Say: 'No War'
Defend the right to strike
Global Resistance To War
Students: Fight New Labour's Top-Up Fees
Left Labour MSP Speaks on The War And The Labour Party
Solid Support For Fire Strike
A System In Crisis
ISR - Protest Against BP
Cyprus: Mass Protest Rocks Ruling Class
German Workers Fight New Attacks
The Socialist 24 January 2003 |
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