An image posted to Facebook depicts New Zealand Green Party MPs standing in front of a banner declaring a love for communism.
But the photo has been manipulated. Rather than reading “Love Communism! Hate Fascism!” the original image actually reads “Love Community! Hate Fascism!”
Counterspin bills itself as “the cure” for the “disease” of mainstream media. It is regularly linked with the right-wing and earlier this month was temporarily suspended from Instagram for “repeatedly violating” Meta’s policies.
Counterspin posted the original image alongside the doctored image on Facebook with a disclaimer which reads: “This image below is satire. Spot which one is the original from today”.
“I can think of a couple of countries they can move to if they love communism so much,” read one comment. “Don’t even hide it anymore,” read another.
Around 1500 anti-government protesters rallied outside Parliament House in Wellington on August 23 and staged mock trials against vaccine mandates and other alleged “crimes against humanity.”
Green Party MPs joined a counter-protest. The original, unaltered image shows the MPs in front of the banner. The unaltered banner can be seen in several images from the counter-protest online posted by Green MPs and other groups.
Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick, one of the MPs in the photo, confirmed to AAP FactCheck the image was altered.
“The photo has definitely been 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 organised the counter-protests.
It is not clear who doctored the image which first appeared on the Counterspin Facebook page.
An image of NZ Green MPs at a counter-protest standing in front of a banner which read “Love Communism! Hate Fascism!” has been digitally altered. The actual banner read: “Love Community! Hate Fascism!”
False – The claim is inaccurate.