The photo has circulated online since 2018 in reports about a detention facility in the Dominican Republic
A photo has been shared thousands of time on Facebook alongside a claim that is shows a crowded detention center in Assam, a state in northeast India where there have been street protests over new government legislation on citizenship. The claim is false; the photo has circulated online since 2018 in reports about a detention facility in the Dominican Republic.
The photo was posted on Facebook here on December 13. It has since been shared over 6,400 times.
The photo, which shows a room crowded with people laying on the floor and in hammocks, was published alongside an English-language caption saying: “Detention camp (assam)”.
Six people have died in violent protests in Assam against a new citizenship law with authorities using internet bans and curfews in a bid to quell unrest, according to this AFP report on the situation.
Below is a screenshot of the post:
But the claim is false; the photo has circulated online since 2018 in reports about a detention facility in the Domincan Republic.
A reverse image search found a cropped section of the photo was published here on May 11, 2018 in El Tiempo, a regional news outlet in the Dominican Republic.
The article’s headline, translated to English, reads: “Like chickens in cages: This image shows the reality that awaits criminals.”
According to El Tiempo, the photo shows inmates at La Romana, a detention facility in the eponymous city in southeastern Dominican Republic.
Below is a screenshot comparison of a cropped section of the misleading post (L) and the report by El Tiempo (R):
The same photo was used in this Facebook post by LosMocanos.com, a media site based in the Dominican Republic, on April 8, 2018.
The Spanish-language caption translates to English as: “La Romana detention facility for a maximum of 30 prisoners currently has 114, located in the courthouse of that city.”
It was also published here by Facebook user Porfirio Guerrero, who describes himself as a journalist based in the Dominican Republic.
The post’s caption translates to English as: “Look how the prisoners of the La Romana detention facility are. This is inhuman gentlemen!!”
In India's Assam there were fears that a new citizenship registry introduced early this year would result in migrants being incarcerated in detention camps, AFP reported here.