This photo shows an anti-government protest in South Korea in 2016

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A photo of a large crowd has been shared repeatedly on Facebook, Twitter and various news websites alongside a claim it shows a recent protest in Belarus after the disputed election in August 2020. The claim is false; the photo shows a protest in Seoul against South Korea's then president Park Geun-hye in 2016. 

The photo was published here on Facebook on August 19, 2020. 

The post's caption reads: “Belarus”.

Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, taken on September 29, 2020

Protests erupted in Belarus following the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko and the subsequent police crackdown, as AFP reported here and here.

The photo was also shared with a similar claim in other languages, including Spanish, Azerbaijani and Georgian on Facebook; and Turkish, English, Chinese and Russian on Twitter.

The photo also appeared in reports about Belarus protests that were published in news sites, such as 1stchannel in Georgia and Agenzia Nova in Italy. 

The claim, however, is false. 

A reverse image search found the same photo published on Reuters' website here. The caption reads: “Protesters hold candles during an anti-government rally in central Seoul on November 19, 2016, aimed at forcing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to resign over a corruption scandal.” 

Below is a screenshot of the Reuters webpage:

Screenshot of the Reuters Pictures website

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the Reuters photo (R):

Screenshot comparison of the photo from the misleading Facebook post (L) and the Reuters photo (R)

The photo also appeared in this Reuters report, dated November 19, 2016, about protests in South Korea against Park. 

The photo was taken in central Seoul, as seen here on Google Street View.

Below is a comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the image on Google Street View (R): 

Comparison between the photo from the misleading Facebook post (L) and the view from Google Street View (R)