This picture does not show the aftermath of the Extinction Rebellion protests

Published: 23rd Apr 2019

In brief


An image shows litter left by Extinction Rebellion environmental protestors in Hyde Park.


The litter was actually left following an event in Hyde Park promoting cannabis use.

An image doing the rounds on social media claims to show a patch of Hyde Park covered in litter in the aftermath of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests.

This is not what it shows—there was a separate “4/20” event in Hyde Park on Saturday promoting the legalisation and recreational use of cannabis.

Royal Parks, the charity that manages London’s royal parks, including Hyde Park, tweeted on Monday: “This photo is the result of an unofficial event in Hyde Park on Saturday, not the #ExtinctionRebellion protestors in Marble Arch.”

Some Extinction Rebellion protestors at Marble Arch have been camping on the edge of Hyde Park, but the litter in this image is not theirs.

This article is part of our work factchecking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as a false as the image shows the aftermath of a different event in Hyde Park, and not the Extinction Rebellion protests.

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