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Greenpeace calls for Gaza ceasefire with protest at Madrid Museum

Greenpeace activists hang a banner showing a Palestinian child crying for help outside the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid
Greenpeace activists hang a banner showing a Palestinian child crying for help outside the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid Copyright Bernat Armangue/AP
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By Greta Ruffino with AP
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The Unmute Gaza movement, which supports photojournalists reporting from the war zone, also took part in the action.

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Human rights and environmental activists demanding a ceasefire in Gaza unfurled a giant picture of a Palestinian child crying for help above the entrance to Madrid's Reina Sofia museum on Wednesday.

The banner was illustrated by US street artist Shepard Fairey, also known as 'Obey', and based on an image taken by Gazan photographer Belal Khaled.

It reads: "Can you hear us?" and has an "unmute" sign on the child's face.

The Reina Sofia museum is internationally known for housing Picasso's "Guernica", a symbol of the tragedies of war affecting civilians.
The Reina Sofia museum is internationally known for housing Picasso's "Guernica", a symbol of the tragedies of war affecting civilians.Bernat Armangue/AP

Onlookers clapped and cheered when one of the activists unfurled a 'Ceasefire Now; banner.

Greenpeace activists prepare to climb hang and hang an illustration by U.S. visual artist Shepard Fairey "Obey" as a protest against the war in Gaza.
Greenpeace activists prepare to climb hang and hang an illustration by U.S. visual artist Shepard Fairey "Obey" as a protest against the war in Gaza.Bernat Armangue/AP

Police, ambulances and fire service looked on without intervening as the activists made their two-hour ascent of the elevator shaft outside the museum.

The museum houses Picasso's mural-sized work "Guernica", inspired by a 1937 Nazi air raid on a northern Spanish town that killed as many as 1,600 people. The painting is widely considered one of the anti-war masterpieces of 20th century art.

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