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Hundreds Of People In Spain Held A Mass Die-In For Killed Palestinians To Protest Israel’s War On Gaza

The protestors lay together to the sound of sirens next to a giant banner depicting a section of Picasso’s famous anti-war painting “Guernica”, which depicts the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica by Nazi German soldiers in 1937 during the Spanish civil war.

On Sunday Mar. 17, hundreds of protestors lay on the ground in the Basque country of San Sebastián in northern Spain, to pay tribute to the more than 31,000 Palestinians killed by Israel’s war on Gaza.

The protestors lay together to the sound of sirens on Concha bay next to a giant banner depicting a section of Picasso’s famous anti-war painting “Guernica”, which depicts the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica by Nazi German soldiers in 1937 during the Spanish civil war.

The group of artists and activists from the Basque country called the Gernika-Palestina collective, which organized the protest, said they wanted to use the painting – a symbol of the devastating effects of war – to draw a parallel between the attack on the Basque city and the current war on Gaza.

“We fight for the homicide that’s happening in Palestine, for the way they are treating young people, children. People are being killed, people are dying of hunger,” 26-year-old protestor Anuar told Reuters. “We have come here to say that we don’t agree with the way Israel treats Palestine.”

Some people who attended in the rally, including Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga, said Israel’s actions constitute genocide.

“It’s so tough to be witnesses to a genocide that we can do nothing about, we can just bring a grain of sand, even as a tribute,” Atxaga said.

Since Oct. 7, Israel’s airstrikes and ground offensive have killed more than 31,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children. 

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