On 12 October 2023, France banned all pro-Palestine demonstrations, citing concerns about public order. Despite the ban, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris on 28 October amid the ongoing war with the Israeli army that erupted on 7 October 2023.
The video in question, however, predates the October 2023 Israel-Hamas conflict.
Using InVid & WeVerify, a video verification tool, we isolated keyframes, followed by a Google reverse image search. The results established that the video is of football fans in Brazil.
The video was featured in an article published by Brazilian news website Estadão on 5 October 2023 with a title translated from Portuguese, “Fans drive buses from Palmeiras to Allianz in a party before the Libertadores game.”
According to the article, thousands of fans “accompanied the bus, singing and encouraging the squad” ahead of the scheduled semi-final between Palmeiras and Boca Juniors.
Similarly, the video was shared alongside other videos of the fans in an article bearing the headline “Impressive! The Boca and Palmeiras fans before entering the field.”
PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post with a video purportedly of pro-Palestine protests in France and finds it to be PARTLY FALSE.
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This fact-check was written by PesaCheck Fact-Checker Peris Gachahi and edited by PesaCheck Senior Copy Editor Cédrick Irakoze.
The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.