This photo shows Glastonbury music festival in 2019, not a protest in Australia
As thousands marched through Australia's capital Canberra to decry Covid-19 vaccine mandates, Facebook post shared a photo purportedly showing huge crowds gathered for the "freedom convoy". They claimed that more than 1.5 million cars showed up for the protest. In reality, the image shows an aerial view of Britain's Glastonbury music festival in 2019. Police estimated up to 10,000 attended the demonstration in Canberra.
"Canberra, Australia. The freedom convoy is much bigger than expected. Over 1.5 million cars were counted at the rally," reads a Facebook post shared on February 14.
Thousands marched through Canberra to decry vaccine mandates on February 12, the latest in a string of rallies against pandemic restrictions around the world.
Police estimated there were up to 10,000 protesters, AFP reported.
However, the photo shows a music festival in Britain, not a protest in Australia.
A reverse image search found the photo in the archives of UK-based news agency PA Media.
The photo caption reads: "An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Somerset". It says the picture was taken on June 27, 2019.
Below is a comparison of the photo shared in misleading posts (left) and PA Media's photo (right).
The landscape shown in the photo corresponds to a Google Maps satellite view of Worthy Farm in Somerset.