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Italy’s Republic Day Celebrations Viral As Indian Independence Day At Trafalgar Square

Italy’s Republic Day Celebrations Viral As Indian Independence Day At Trafalgar Square

BOOM found that the viral video was actually of Italy’s Republic day celebrations in Piazza Venezia, Rome.

Indian Independence Day In London Factcheck

A video is viral on social media with the false claim that it shows India’s 73 Independence Day being celebrated in London’s Trafalgar Square with fighter jets performing a flyover.

The caption with the video reads, “Request everyone to watch this 1 minute video without miss. This is an amazing forward from Trafalgar square, London during the celebration of India’s Independence Day. Jai Hind”

WhatsApp msg on Indian Independeence day in london
WhatsApp message

BOOM received it on our WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) inquiring about the veracity of the video.

Akali Dal MLA Manjinder S Sirsa also shared the same video with the caption, “Goosebump stuff in this video from Trafalgar Square, London during the celebration of India’s Independence Day Don’t miss and share it with maximum.”

Sirsa Tweet
Sirsa’s Tweet

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We found the video uploaded to Facebook and Twitter with the same text.

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FACT-CHECK

On closer examination, one can spot the flag in the video is an Italian flag and is distinct from the Indian flag.

Itlay monument
Italian flag in the background

Additionally performing a reverse image search by cropping the monument, it matches Piazza Venezia in Rome, Italy.

Piazza Venezia in Rome, Italy; not Trafalgar Square in London

Italian parliament
Italian parliament – Google images

Itlay celebrates its Republic Day on June 2 every year where the Italian tricolur is displayed in the air.

The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolor Arrows) performs the flyover which is a highlight during the country’s Republic day celebrations.

On searching with the keyword ‘Italy republic day’, we found this report by Euro News on Italy celebrating it’s Republic day in 2018.

In the video one can spot the same patter of celebrations with fighter planes flying past the Piazza Venezia forming the Italian tricolour in the air.

euro article
Euro News article

On searching on Facebook with the keyword ‘Itlay Republic Day’, we found a similar video uploaded by L’Italo-Americano Newspaper on June 3, 2018, with the caption, “It’s Republic day in Italy! Republic Day, also known as Festa della Repubblica in Italian, is a national holiday in Italy on June 2 each year. It celebrates the day when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946 so their country could become a republic.”

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Claim Review : Trafalgar Square, London during The Celebration Of India’s Independence Day

Fact Check : FALSE

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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