Fact Check: Old picture of burnt cars falsely linked to the recent Norway riots

Following the violent protests in Sweden, anti-Islam riots erupted in Norway on August 30, 2020, and soon people started sharing pictures from the riots on social media.

One such picture, in circulation, shows burnt cars on the street.

FACT CHECK  

NewsMobile fact-checked the picture and found that the picture is old.

A simple Reverse Image Search on the picture led us to several articles from 2013 featuring the same picture.

“A row of burnt cars in the suburb of Rinkeby after riots in several different suburbs around Stockholm. Photograph: Scanpix Sweden/Reuters” the caption of the picture read.

We found the same picture on the official website of Getty Images.

The description of the picture read: A bystander checks the debris of a burnt out cars in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby after youths rioted in several different suburbs around Stockholm, Sweden for a fourth consecutive night on May 23, 2013. In the suburb of Husby, where the riots began on Sunday in response to the fatal police shooting of a 69-year-old machete-wielding man, 80 percent of residents are immigrants and the unrest has highlighted Sweden’s failure to integrate swathes of its immigrant population, but in this small, consensus-driven country, there was little agreement on how to solve the problem. AFP PHOTO /SCANPIX SWEDEN/ FREDRIK SANDBERG SWEDEN OUT (Photo credit should read FREDRIK SANDBERG/AFP via Getty Images)

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the picture in circulation is seven years old and hence, the post is misleading.

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