Video Of Farmers' Protest In 2015 Shared As Anti-Vaccine Protest

The video shows a farmers' protest in Belgium in 2015 and not an anti-vaccine protest in France.

A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram alongside a claim it shows an anti-vaccine protest in France in August 2021. The claim is false: the video in fact shows a protest in Brussels in 2015.

The video was shared here on Facebook on August 11, 2021.

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The post's Korean-language caption translates to English as: "In France. French farmers are currently trying their best to fight against fascist, illegal and corrupt government-backed vaccines to secure freedom for the French public and people around the world. We are going to continue to resist. We're going to push out fascists, including pharmacists".

Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, captured on August 20, 2021 ( AFP)

The video shows what appears to be a protest involving tractors and police water cannons.

The superimposed English text reads: "Farmers push back against tyranny by using their tractors and spraying shit all over the police. Epic!!! WE ARE THE RESISTANCE".

The clip circulated online after France's parliament voted to make vaccine passports a key part of daily life in the battle against Covid-19. The move has sparked large protests, AFP reported.

The video was shared alongside a similar claim here on Facebook; here on Telegram; and here and here on Twitter.

A screenshot of the video was shared on Facebook in the US and Brazil alongside a similar claim.

The claim is false.

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A reverse image search on Google found a screenshot of the footage in this report published by Irish news site on September 7, 2015.

The report reads in part: "Earlier today, water cannons were used and riot police were deployed as bales of hay were set on fire as farmers protested in Brussels.

Screenshot of the report, taken on August 20, 2021. ( AFP)

"Up to 6,000 farmers from all parts of Europe, including Ireland, took part in the protest, claiming that their livelihoods are at risk by below-cost selling from retailers."

The video was published by Jacobo de Regoyos, a journalist at Spanish radio station Onda Cero on September 7, 2015.

The video's caption reads: "A friend has passed on this video to Brussels correspondents about the farmers' demonstration today in the EU capital."

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video seen in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the clip posted on Twitter (R).

Screenshot comparison between the video seen in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the clip posted on Twitter (R) ( AFP)

AFP also reported on the same protest here on September 8, 2015.

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AFP's report reads in part: "Belgian police on Monday fired tear gas and water cannon at protesting European farmers as the EU said it would release 500 million euros ($557 million) in emergency funds to help ease the pressure.

"The protest involved what police said was up to 7,000 farmers, who blocked streets in Brussels with hundreds of tractors and massed outside the heavily-guarded European Union headquarters where the talks took place."

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by BOOM staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Updated On: 2021-08-31T17:51:41+05:30
Claim :   Farmers in France protested against COVID-19 vaccines.
Claimed By :  Posts on on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram
Fact Check :  False
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