Salma Hayek defends mini-protest at the Cannes Film Festival

Actress Salma Hayek defended her decision to stage a mini-protest on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.

Hayek is currently in Cannes promoting her new movie The Prophet.

She broke with festival protocol on Saturday by holding up a sign calling for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by militant extremists last month.

In a recent interview, Hayek says she took the opportunity because there were going to be so many photographers and she wanted to "exert pressure and remind them we want these girls back." She went on to say, "even though there is a film festival and I'm so honored to be here and excited about my film, we don't want to forget about it for a minute."

She's the latest star to lender her name to a social media campaign calling for the girls' release.

Protests aren't allowed on the Cannes red carpet, but Hayek said she decided to risk it to promote the cause.

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