This photograph actually shows an anti-government protest in Chile

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A photo of tens of thousands of people at a rally has been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts which claim it shows an opposition march in Pakistan. The claim is false; the photograph actually shows an anti-government protest in Chile.

The photo was published in this Facebook post on October 29, 2019. It has been shared more than 14,000 times.

The post's Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “The media does not show but we will show the Azadi march. Those supporting the Azadi march should share. People of Punjab be ready for the reception of Maulana.”

Pakistani opposition leader and cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman led thousands of supporters on a march to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad in late October. Here is an AFP report about the protest.

Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:

Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post

The same photo was published here and here on Facebook alongside a similar claim.

The claim is false; the photo shows an anti-government protest in Chile.

A reverse image search on Reveye found the same image published by Radio Chile here

The Spanish-language headline translates to English as: "Today is the day: More than a million people in Plaza Italia!"

Below is a screenshot of the Radio Chile report:

Screenshot of the Radio Chile report

The flag visible in the misleading Facebook post is actually a Chilean national flag. Below is a comparison an AFP photo of the Chilean flag (L) and the photo in the misleading Facebook post (R) with the flags circled by AFP:

The flag visible in the misleading Facebook post is actually a Chilean national flag. This is a comparison of an AFP photo of the Chilean flag (L) and the photo in the misleading Facebook post (r ) with the flags circled by AFP

Multiple AFP photos, here and here, document the anti-government protest in Chile’s capital Santiago on October 25, 2019. Below is a side-by-side comparison of the AFP photos (L) and the photo in the misleading Facebook post (R):

Side-by-side comparison of two AFP photos of Chile rally (L) and the photo in the misleading Facebook post (R)

The caption for the first AFP photo states: "In this aerial view thousands of people protest in Santiago, on October 25, 2019, a week after violent protests started. Demonstrations against a hike in metro ticket prices in Chile's capital exploded into violence on October 18, unleashing widening protests over living costs and social inequality.
PEDRO UGARTE / AFP".

Here is the Google Street View image of the plaza in Santiago where the protest took place. Below is a screenshot of the location:

Screenshot of Google Street View image of the plaza in Santiago where the protest took place