July 30, 2018  |  Updated July 30, 2018

Ultranationalist Businessman’s Photo Manipulation Links Athens Fire to Gay Pride

By Lizi Sreseli

On July 24, 2018, Konstantine Morgoshia, member of the pro-Russian Alliance of Patriots party and businessman affiliated with the ultra-nationalist movement Georgian March, uploaded a post on his Facebook page, saying that Athens fire is nothing but vengeance for the Greek sins. Morgoshia also attached eight images to the post. He claimed that the first four images were taken during the Athens Gay Pride Parade and the next four images depict the Athens fire. The post has a total of 181 shares, as of July 26.

The images posted by Morgoshia have nothing to do with the Greek Gay Pride Parade. The first photo depicts an online store male model. The second photo apparently shows an image ad of the hotels in Mexico and Spain. The third photo depicts a gay pride parade in Israel instead of Greece and the fourth photo shows only a small section of a road, which could be taken anywhere in the world.

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