This photo shows a 2020 anti-France rally in Bangladesh

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A photo of a protest has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a caption about Bangladeshi Muslims protesting against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in March 2021. The photo, however, has been shared in a misleading context: it shows an anti-France rally in Dhaka in 2020. The protest was sparked after President Emmanuel Macron defended cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

The photo was published here in a Facebook post on March 19, 2021.

Screenshot of misleading Facebook post taken and crossed by AFP on April 5, 2021

The post’s Bangla-language caption translates to English as: “Wow! Islamic parties held protests against Modi in Dhaka today. Islamic parties have shown that patriotism and religiosity are in their hearts. Congratulations to the unity of Islamic people.”

"Modi" refers to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Indian leader's visit to Dhaka for the country’s 50th independence anniversary on March 26, 2021 drew violent protests by Islamist groups, AFP reported. Protesters accused Modi and his Hindu-nationalist government of stoking religious tensions and inciting anti-Muslim violence. 

The photo was also shared here, here, here and here on Facebook, and here on Twitter alongside an identical claim.

The image, however, has been shared in a misleading context.

A reverse image search on Google found the same photo was published here in an AFP report on October 28, 2020.

The article reports that Bangladeshi Muslim groups held an anti-France demonstration in Dhaka following Macron’s remarks about cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Screenshot of AFP report

“Members of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh party take part in a march towards the French Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh”, reads the caption of the photo credited to EPA -- the European Pressphoto Agency.

A further search found the photo was also published here on EPA's website alongside a similar description on October 27, 2020.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo published in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the photo on EPA's website (R):

Image comparing screenshots