Photos show Honduran migrants trying to enter Guatemala, not post-election violence in Uganda
A post shared dozens of times on Facebook claims to show violent clashes between civilians and security forces in Uganda following the recent presidential election. The claim is false; the images are of a caravan of Honduran migrants who were blocked by Guatemalan soldiers upon entering the country.
“Happening now in Uganda #UgandaDecides 2021,” reads a post published on January 18, 2021.
Tensions during Uganda’s presidential election last week led to the harassment and arrest of opposition members, attacks on the media, a government-imposed internet blackout, and at least 54 deaths, as AFP reported here. The pop-star-turned politician Bobi Wine campaigned to defeat Uganda’s long-serving president, Yoweri Museveni, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
Despite poll violence, the images being shared in this Facebook post are not from Uganda.
The images depict a large caravan of Honduran migrants who were tear-gassed by Guatemalan soldiers on January 18, 2021, when they entered the country on their journey to the United States.
AFP covered the story here.