That viral photo of the Hong kong residents protests is not what it seems

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( CNN) A stunning nighttime epitome claiming to show hundreds of thousands of people amassing Sunday on the streets of Hong Kong to protest a controversial deportation proposal has been widely shared on social media platforms.

The image is the first result of a Twitter search for “Hong Kong protests, ” with more than 28,000 likes and 8,000 retweets. It’s likewise been reposted on Instagram by people including Nathan Law, founding chair of the pro-democracy group, Demosisto.

The image’s original author, as first reported by the Asian news place Coconuts, is Deacon Lui, who shared it June 11 on Instagram with the caption, “whatever it takes . … #noextraditiontochina( photo is cropped and reflected ). “

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