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Palestinian protester’s photo drawing comparisons to Liberty painting goes viral

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A photo of a protester in Gaza went viral and has drawn comparisons with the iconic French Revolution painting, Liberty Leading the People.

The image was snapped at a protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza on October 22 (Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The image was snapped at a protest against Israel’s blockade of Gaza on October 22 (Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In the photo, a shirtless young protester can be seen holding a Palestinian flag with one hand and a slingshot over his head with the other, set against a background of black smoke from burning tyres.

The protester was identified as Palestinian A’ed Abu Amro, 20-year-old, from al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Gaza City.

The photograph was captured by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency Mustafa Hassouna last October 22 in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.

“I was surprised this picture of me went viral,” Amro told Al Jazeera in an interview. The image has been tweeted over 5,000 times.

He said that he participate in protests on a weekly basis or more.

Amro added that he was not aware that there was a photographer near him.

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