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    Greenpeace activists hang a banner depicting U.S President Barack Obama at the Metropolis building on Gran Via street in Madrid, Spain, July 10, 2016.

    Greenpeace Hangs Anti-TTIP Banner From Madrid Building Amid Obama's Visit

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    Greenpeace activists hanged a banner against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement from one of Madrid's most famous buildings amid the US President Barack Obama's visit to Spain, the environmental watchdog said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The poster with the inscription "Yes, We Can Stop the TTIP" in English, written on the yellow background of ​​60 square meters (646 square feet), is put up the Metropolis building, located in the center of the Spanish capital, Greenpeace España said in a statement published on the website.

    Obama started his visit to Spain on Saturday. His visit is marked by several NGOs and associations' protest actions. Participants of the protest actions are voicing their opposition to the TTIP, as well as to US troops' deployment at Spanish bases.

    "While Mr. Obama would like to have the agreement signed prior to the expiry of its term, [US] presidential elections will be in November, and all the indications show that this will not be possible… The US president, Mr Obama, is worried. And he has all the reasons to be [worried], because he knows that 'We can stop the TTIP.' And we will do it," the Greenpeace said.

    The TTIP free trade agreement, which has been negotiated since 2013, involves the creation of a free trade zone between the European Union and the United States. Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland are also due to participate in the TTIP deal.

    The TTIP parties are scheduled to meet on Monday in Brussels for a new round of talks.


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