No, These Pictures Are Not Of Confiscated Guitars From Brazil Street Musicians

By: Pradarshi Paul

Claim: A set of pictures showing a ‘graveyard’ of guitars confiscated from street musicians in Brazil is being widely circulated on social media.

Source: Facebook, Twitter.

What Happened: A set of pictures of large number of dilapidated guitars has been doing the rounds on social media, with the claim that the discarded instruments have been confiscated by law enforcement authorities from street musicians in Brazil. Multiple Facebook users have shared this post along with the pictures. One of them has captioned it: ‘Guitar Cemetery – Confiscated guitars from street musicians in Brazil.’

These are some of the recent shares by Facebook users.

On the 21st of November, this set of images was first posted by a Facebook user named Roman Dread. This post has been shared around 40k times, and continues to be shared at the time of writing.

These pictures were described as the ‘guitar graveyard’ by many Facebook users who have shared this post.

Facts: These pictures are not of confiscated guitars by law enforcement from street musicians. Nor are they from Brazil. These pictures are actually from the Guangdong province of southern China. These pictures were taken when Typhoon Mangkhut had hit the province in September 2018, and musical instruments were severely damaged. Metafact discovered that one of the pictures used in the above viral post was included in a published article by a Chinese music website, exound.com, with the caption: ‘A musical instrument factory in Guangdong after Mangosteen.’

Another image was shared by a Twitter user the day after the typhoon as well.

Conclusion: All these picture were mostly shared after the typhoon in China. However, social media users re-shared these pictures with a misleading claim to make these images, presumably to attract eyeballs and cause people to think badly of law enforcement authorities in Brazil.

False/Misleading

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