Two photos posted on Facebook in Uganda on 19 November 2020 show scenes of violence. In one, tyres burn on a road with a crowd of people seen in the background. The second shows clouds of smoke rising from a city.
They were posted with the comment: “Let's pray for our country Uganda! We need peace. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, please intervene.”
The day before the photos were posted, protests against the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi broke out in Uganda.
Kyagulanyi is also a musician, and popularly known as Bobi Wine. He was forcefully arrested on 3 November, moments after successfully registering as a presidential candidate in opposition to Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986. After being held and reportedly tortured for hours, he was released.
But were the photos taken in Uganda? We checked.
Photos from South Africa and Nigeria
It appears in an eNCA article published on 8 August 2017. The photo itself is dated 9 May 2017, and captioned: “Burning tyres blockade roads at an intersection in Ennerdale as residents protest over the lack of development in the area.” Ennerdale is a town in South Africa’s Gauteng province.
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