FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Antifa Activists Burning A Cross In Portland?

Trevor Schakohl | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows antifa activists burning a cross in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 1.

Verdict: False

The image has been digitally manipulated. The still comes from a video of protesters burning an American flag.

Fact Check:

Since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody, protests have occurred in Portland, according to local ABC affiliate KATU. There have been instances of violence, arson and vandalism during some of the demonstrations, CNN reported.

The image being shared allegedly shows antifa activists in Portland burning a cross on Aug. 1, with the caption saying, “Antifa burning crosses in Portland last night….. Where have we seen this before?” (RELATED: Image Claims To Show Website For Hiring Professional Protesters)

But the image appears to be a photoshopped still from a video. Scriberr News co-founder Kalen D’Almeida tweeted the original footage of protesters burning an American flag near Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, where many protests have been focused. A statue in the plaza across the street from the federal courthouse is visible in the background of both the still and D’Almeida’s video.

In the edited still, the bottom of the burning flag can be seen beneath the yellow lines forming the photoshopped cross. Lead Stories reported that the cross was made using the “color dodge” effect.

“I am aware that someone took a still from my video and poorly edited it to look like a cross was burning,” D’Almeida told Check Your Fact in a Twitter direct message. “Not true.”

Trevor Schakohl

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