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Photo claiming to show climate strike rubbish a hoax

Photo claiming to show climate strike rubbish a hoax
A photo claiming to show mess left behind by climate strike protesters in Sydney is being shared widely on social media, despite it being an image taken in London earlier this year.
A Facebook post linking the mess to Sydney's climate strike on Friday has been shared 19,000 times in 12 hours.
The photo, shared by an Australian pro-coal page was captioned: "Look at the mess today's climate protesters left behind in beautiful Hyde Park.
However, the photo was not taken in Hyde Park or in Sydney, but instead is a photo taken after a marijuana-based festival called 420 which was held in London in April this year. 
This hoax photo claimed to be an image of rubbish left behind by Australians at climate protest rallies. The photo is actually taken in London after a festival earlier this year. (Supplied)
An estimated 300,000 Australian's attended rallies on Friday calling for the government to take more extensive action on climate issues.
Public venues overflowed in major cities including at Brisbane's Queens Gardens, where police had to steer the overflowing crowds off the city streets as 30,000 crowded into the city centre.
In Sydney, queues formed as protestors waited in line to join the march, which totalled 80,000 people - filling the Domain.
But the largest crowd was seen as Melbourne's Treasury Gardens, where an estimated 100,000 marched.
Organisers estimate that the crowds were more than double that seen at the previous rally in March, exceeding their expectations of a 50 percent increase in numbers.
Strikers are calling on the government for no new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine, and to move towards 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: A general view of protestors holding placards as they march on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Rallies held across Australia are part of a global mass day of action demanding action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images) (Getty)
School Strike For Climate drew massive crowds of both students and workers. (Supplied)
A record-breaking 100,000 students and workers protested at Melbourne's Treasury Gardens on Friday, calling for action on climate change. (AAP)
Tens of thousands of adults joined the students, including wharfies whose walk off is the first known instance of industrial action to support climate "strikes" that have been held periodically since earlier this year.
Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack labelled the protests "a disruption" and said they should be held on weekends not school or regular work days.
"I think these sorts of rallies should be held on a weekend where it doesn't actually disrupt business, it doesn't disrupt schools, it doesn't disrupt universities," Mr McCormack told reporters in Melbourne.
He said students would learn more at school than at a protest rally.
Mr McCormack said the government was taking action to cut emissions and boost the use of renewable energy.
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