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At Guggenheim Museum, Protests Resume over Saadiyat Island

Two protesters waved large banners at the Guggenheim Museum in New York yesterday that read “Stop Labor Abuse” and “Countdown to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.” The protests are in objection to the brutal working conditions and impoverished housing conditions on Saadiyat Island, where the latest branch of the Guggenheim is currently planned. As organizers of the protests have pointed out, foreign migrants, who are frequently subject to police raids and beatings, do much of the construction on this island. The protesters are part of the group Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction, and this demonstration is the first of the group’s “Countdown” campaign, which is aimed at donors to the Guggenheim, reports Colin Moynihan of the New York Times. Their last campaign, which ended in October, was titled “52 Weeks” and targeted museum trustees. A second demonstration is planned for this evening, when donors will be gathering at the museum for dinner.