500 pig-snout wearing activists raised hell at Halliburton's annual shareholders meeting in Houston, Texas, USA on May 19. Chanting "corporate invasion is not liberation" and "Halliburton, Kellogg, Brown and Root, Go to Iraq and Loot, Loot, Loot" they disrupted the Halliburton meeting to send a message that not all North Americans support the war profiteering and corporate favortism that Halliburton epitomizes. Halliburton is U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's former company and has been the number one financial beneficiary of the war and occupation of Iraq with $9 billion on contracts.
A 25-foot inflatable pig called "Hallibacon" greeted shareholders as they entered the Four Seasons Hotel for the shareholders meeting, and anti-Halliburton banners were dropped all over Houston, including one from a Four Seasons Hotel window. Activists on the street outside the Four Seasons hotel conducted a blockade of the driveway and held a die-in at Halliburton's headquarters just two blocks away from the shareholder meeting. Five activists handcuffed themselves to railings inside the hotel and shouted "your profits are bloody and your hands are too" at the shareholders until they were arrested for trespassing.
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