(AP) – A widely spread photo purportedly showing an anti-fascist activist beating a police officer is a doctored image.
The image showing a man wielding a club and wearing an “antifa” jacket (see Tweet below) while standing over a downed officer was widely shared after the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The image has been circulating for several months among those opposed to the antifa movement, which is comprised of far-left-leaning militant groups.
But the image is actually a Getty Images photo taken during a 2009 protest of police in Athens, Greece. An antifa logo was apparently digitally added to the demonstrator’s jacket.
Anti-fascists were among hundreds of demonstrators who descended on Charlottesville to oppose the rally. A demonstrator was killed when a driver intentionally drove into a crowd.
Snopes squashed the internet rumor in a tweet Monday.
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