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Photo shows protest in Paris, not ‘MAYHEM in Oregon’

December 11, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: Photo of two people with face masks surrounded by smoke shows “MAYHEM” and “violence” in Oregon.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This photo was taken in Paris, not Oregon.

THE FACTS: A Facebook post viewed nearly 300,000 times this week claims to show a snapshot of violent protests erupting in Oregon, but it actually shows a demonstration across the world, in France.

The post features a photo of two people in black clothing and face masks on a city street littered with trash. They appear to be running with a smoke-like substance trailing behind them.


“MAYHEM in Oregon!” the caption reads. “Violence Erupts!”

However, a storefront in the background of the image reads “Carrefour market,” a French supermarket chain that doesn’t operate in Oregon.

In fact, this photo was taken in Paris, according to a reverse-image search. Agence France-Presse photographer Anne-Christine Poujoulat captured it on Dec. 5.

According to its original caption, the photo shows demonstrators protesting a proposed law in France that would restrict the filming of police officers.

Protesters in Oregon have barricaded streets and set booby traps for police in recent days over gentrification and the eviction of a Black and Indigenous family from their home, but this photo is unrelated to those demonstrations.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536