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Hong Kong Protest Pics Passed Off As CPI(M) Rally In UP

Hong Kong Protest Pics Passed Off As CPI(M) Rally In UP

BOOM found that all the images are of the ongoing protests against the extradition bill in Hong Kong

A set of four images of protests in Hong Kong has surfaced on Facebook with false claims that they are photographs of a protest march by the
Communist Party of India (Marxist) against the Yogi Adityanath government in Lucknow.

The Bengali text accompanying the Facebook post claims, “things which the BJP-bought media won’t show you. The rally by CPIM in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh against the misrule of Yogi government.”

(Original text in Bangla: #যেটা_বিজেপির_কেনা_মিডিয়া_দেখায়_না
উত্তর প্রদেশের রাজধানী লখনোতে যোগী সরকারের কুশাসনের বিরুদ্ধে সিপিএম এর মহা মিছিল ।)

The images show a massive crowd rallying on the streets.

Click here to view an archived version of the post.

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We ran a reverse image search and found that all the four images are from recent protests that broke out in Hong Kong as part of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement (ELAB).

The anti-ELAB protests, an ongoing protest in Hong Kong, is a demonstration against the introduction of an extradition bill. Protesters say the bill, if enacted, would undermine the civil liberties of Hong Kong citizens and its autonomy.

Image 1

The image was clicked by Associated Press’ Kin Cheung on July 7, 2019 and is available on the AP images archive. The image has a description: “Protesters take part in a march in Hong Kong on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Thousands of people, many wearing black shirts and some carrying British flags, were marching in Hong Kong on Sunday, targeting a mainland Chinese audience as a month-old protest movement showed no signs of abating.”

Image 2

The image was taken by Paula Bronstein for Bloomberg on June 16, 2019. It was used in the news article , titled, “The Long Game Is China’s Despite a Win for Hong Kong’s Protesters”. The image was captioned as “Protesters march during a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16.”

Image 3

This is also an Associated Press image. It was taken by photographer Vincent Yu for AP on June 16, 2019. The image is available here.

Image 4

The fourth image has also been shot during the Hong Kong protests. BOOM found a footage of 27 seconds shot by Jinhee Jee of Getty Images. At the 21 second mark a protester can be seen with a red umbrella and a pillar of the over bridge. The same can be spotted in the image used in the Facebook post as well.

The footage can be seen here.

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Sk Badiruddin is a Kolkata-based journalist and a fact-checking staff at Boom’s Bangla desk. Earlier, he was a translator for TRID India, news desk assistant of Onkar News, science news contributor for AIR Kolkata and culture writer for a small scale newspaper.

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