A number of Facebook posts, some with hundreds of shares as of June 10, share an image of a monument covered in graffiti and link it to anti-racism protests in London. The image is of a monument in the United States.
Some of the posts describe the image as taken in London ( here ) while others share screenshots of misleading posts about the photo ( here , here ). Many shares of the image suggest the graffiti is related to anti-racism protests that took place in London in early June.
The photo was taken in Richmond, Virginia, at a monument to Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Images of the monument with graffiti matching that seen in the photo have been shared on social media since May 31 ( here , here , here ). The defaced monument has featured in reporting on anti-racism protests in the United States since the death of George Floyd on May 25 ( here here ).
False. Posts claiming to show damage from protests in London are using a photo of the defaced statue of Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee in Virginia.
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