This photo shows a stunt in Bangladesh -- it does not relate to anti-coup fighters in Myanmar
An image has been shared repeatedly in Burmese-language Facebook posts that claim it shows anti-coup fighters in Myanmar performing a gymnastics stunt. This is false. A closer analysis of the photo found the man pictured at the top of the human pyramid is holding a Bangladeshi flag. A former Bangladesh military officer told AFP that some people in the photo’s background were wearing uniforms that correspond with those worn by the Bangladeshi police and cadets.
The photo was shared on Facebook here on August 11, 2022 alongside a Burmese-language caption that translates to English as "One of the PDF’s skills".
Myanmar has spiralled into a civil war after a military coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in February 2021.
Many young protesters turned themselves into anti-coup fighters or People’s Defence Force (PDF) after receiving military training in ethnic armed organisations controlled areas since the brutal military crackdown.
The claim, however, is false.
The flag seen at the top of the photo corresponds with the Bangladesh national flag.
A similar photo of the Bangladesh flag can be seen published here by AFP.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the flag in the false posts (left) and the AFP photo of the Bangladesh flag (right):
A former Bangladesh military officer, who asked not to be named, told AFP that three men in the audience seem to be wearing blue uniforms that correspond to those worn by members of the Bangladesh police force.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the men in blue uniform-like dress (left) and Bangladesh police's Facebook account (right):
He also added that another man in the crowd is wearing a uniform that is very common in Bangladesh cadet schools.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the man in the cadet uniform circled in red (left) and pictures from a Bangladesh cadet school (right):
Some women in the audience can also be seen wearing hijabs, which is indicative of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, he said.