A video showing protesters attacking and destroying a French police car is circulating online with the false claim that it shows protests against COVID-19 restrictions in September 2021. But it’s old footage of protests in Paris against labor reforms and police violence in 2016. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Here is a full copy of the video:
Videos and photos of protests are commonly presented out of context online, often to try to bolster or minimize a more recent but unrelated demonstration or cause. Be wary of such visuals, especially when shared by accounts with no standards for verification or accuracy. A quick reverse image search — using a still from the video or a video search tool like the InVid Verification Plugin — can help you find the source of videos you’re not sure about.
- “Fact Check-Footage of protesters in Paris attacking police is from 2016“ (Reuters Fact Check).
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