Balloon tank parked in front of the UN in protest against Ukraine, other bombings

A life-size tank, made entirely with inflatable biodegradable latex balloons, is pictured in front of the United Nations during the launch of the ‘Stop Bombing Civilians’ campaign by Handicap International in Geneva, Switzerland April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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GENEVA, April 5 (Reuters) – A life-size float made of colorful balloons was parked outside the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday to protest against shelling and shelling of civilians in urban areas of Ukraine and Besides.

The tank, made up mainly of pink, purple, yellow and blue biodegradable latex balloons, was placed by Handicap International during the launch of its “Stop Bombing Civilians” campaign. Passers-by took turns writing “STOP” in felt-tip on the balloons.

“The goal is to denounce this barbaric practice,” the association said, referring to casualties among civilians in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Ukraine. Negotiators from around 70 countries will meet in Geneva from April 6-8 to draft an agreement on reducing civilian harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

The tank stands next to a famous “Broken Chair” sculpture, which symbolizes the campaign against landmines.

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Reporting by Denis Balibouse and Emma Farge; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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