Three dangling bodies painted against a blood-red background shocked passersby in central Paris on Tuesday after a Yemeni artist unveiled a mural to denounce French arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in his homeland.
The three-metre (10 feet) high mural, titled Last Dance of the Dead, was created by Murad Subay.
He started painting when the conflict in his country broke out in 2014 to raise awareness on arbitrary arrests before taking his brush to the bombed-out rubble in the capital Sanaa.
“This is inspired from real stories of people who died in the war and I am trying to convey how war has affected the people,” said Subay, who fled to France 18 months ago and is part of the Artist Protection Fund (APF), which provides relief and safe havens to artists at risk.
Paris says its weapons sales are governed by strict procedures in line with international treaties.
“We’re seeing a change in the public language, but what we’ve been asking for over the last two years is an end to arms sales,” said Aymeric Elluin, advocacy officer at Amnesty International France.
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, a database that tracks violence in Yemen, said in October about 100,000 people have died since 2015 in the war.