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Video: Protesters shower Guggenheim visitors with cruel labor confetti

On Saturday night a group of protestors showered visitors of the Guggenheim Museum with literature designed to raise awareness of what they claim is the museum’s use of indentured servants to build a satellite structure in Abu Dhabi. Shortly after the protest, the museum was closed to visitors seeking the “pay what you wish” admission price traditionally featured on Saturday evenings, and the NYPD arrived to maintain order.

The protesters were part of the Global Ultra Luxury Faction (GULF), an offshoot of another group called Gulf Labor. Both groups were involved in a similar action at the museum last month.

Yesterday the New York Times published an op-ed by Andrew Ross, an NYU professor and member of Gulf Labor, in which Ross describes how “tragically underpaid and ill-treated migrant workers” are building structures for the Guggenheim, the Louvre, and NYU on “the mother of all luxury property developments,” Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

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