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Extinction Rebellion activists have covered themselves in fake oil at the National Portrait Gallery in London during a protest against its sponsorship by BP.

Demonstrators from the eco-warrior group teamed up with BP or Not BP? and Culture Unstained as a black liquid was poured on them in the Ondaatje Wing at 4.15pm.

The protesters curled up in the foetal position as others coated them in the 'oil' in front of a BP-sponsored art display.

The unauthorised stunt capped a two-week wave of actions by the civil disobedience movement, which led to more than 3,300 arrests in London and cities around the world, the group said. 

Demonstrators from the eco-warrior group teamed up with BP or Not BP? and Culture Unstained as a black liquid was poured on them in the Ondaatje Wing at 4.15pm (pictured)

Demonstrators from the eco-warrior group teamed up with BP or Not BP? and Culture Unstained as a black liquid was poured on them in the Ondaatje Wing at 4.15pm (pictured)

The protesters curled up in the foetal position as others coated them in the 'oil' in front of a BP-sponsored art display. The XR action called Crude Truth came at the end of the BP Portrait Award exhibition

The protesters curled up in the foetal position as others coated them in the 'oil' in front of a BP-sponsored art display. The XR action called Crude Truth came at the end of the BP Portrait Award exhibition

An activist chanted 'NGP, drop BP' (pictured on a poster) during the five-minute protest that saw three people lying down on a plastic sheet

An activist chanted 'NGP, drop BP' (pictured on a poster) during the five-minute protest that saw three people lying down on a plastic sheet

The XR action called Crude Truth came at the end of the BP Portrait Award exhibition.

Activists spread a white sheet over the floor of the main hall of the gallery’s Ondaatje wing before two women and a man wearing only skin-coloured underwear adopted foetal positions on the covering. One man chanted 'NGP, drop BP' during the five-minute protest.

Eden, 19, who was wearing clothes in his part of the demonstration, said 'Who will there be left to see, who will there be left to paint, if we have no earth and no people?', according to the Guardian.

He added: 'We cannot be artists on a dead planet. Oil means the end but art means the beginning.'

Another activist called Samantha, 37, claimed: 'The Portrait Gallery is very influential and they need to be leading the way on these issues. But instead they're doing the opposite by being sponsored by a company who is living in the past when we have the technological knowhow to make renewable energies.' 

Eden, 19, who was wearing clothes in his part of the demonstration, said 'Who will there be left to see, who will there be left to paint, if we have no earth and no people?'

Eden, 19, who was wearing

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