The doctored banner of “communism” reveals the truth

An image posted to Facebook shows New Zealand Green Party MPs standing in front of a banner declaring their love for communism.

But the photo has been manipulated. Rather than reading “Love Communism!” I hate fascism! the original image actually reads “Love Community! I hate fascism!

The photo was taken on August 23 during a counter-protest in Wellington and appeared on Counterspin Media’s Facebook page the same day.

Counterspin advertises itself as “the cure” for the “disease” of mainstream media. He is regularly linked to the right and earlier this month was temporarily suspended from Instagram for “repeatedly violating” Meta policies.

Counterspin posted the original image alongside the doctored image on Facebook with a disclaimer that reads: “This image below is a satire. Spot which one is the original today “.

The original image (below) and the doctored image (above).

Not only have a number of Counterspin followers not reading the fine print, but other websites have posted the doctored image without any disclaimer, like here and here.

“I can think of a few countries they can move to if they love communism so much,” one comment read. “Don’t even hide it anymore,” read another.

About 1,500 anti-government protesters gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in Wellington on August 23 and staged mock trials against vaccination orders and other alleged “crimes against humanity”.

Green Party MPs joined a counter-protest. The original, unedited image shows MPs in front of the banner. The unchanged banner can be seen in several images of the counter-protest online posted by Green MPs and other groups.

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick, one of the MPs pictured, confirmed AAP Fact Check the image has been modified.

“The photo was definitely doctored – the original banner said ‘Love Community, Hate Fascism,'” she said in an email.

“Love Community, Hate Fascism” is the slogan of the group that organized the counter-demonstrations.

It’s unclear who doctored the image that first appeared on Counterspin’s Facebook page.

Counterspin Media was one of the groups involved in the February occupation of Parliament which ended in police action.

The verdict

An image of New Zealand Green MPs during a counter-protest in front of a banner that read ‘Love Communism! I hate fascism! has been digitally altered. The actual banner read, “Love the community! I hate fascism!

Fake – The request is incorrect.

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