FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Germans Protesting Inflation Being Beaten By Police?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows German citizens protesting inflation and high prices before being arrested by riot police.

Verdict: Misleading

The video shows German police arresting soccer fans, not protesters.

Fact Check:

Germany recently announced that it would extend the lifetime of three nuclear plants until mid-April in order to help deal with the country’s ongoing energy crisis, according to BBC News. Germany received over 55% of its gas from Russia, but has declined in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video claims to show German protesters being arrested for protesting high energy prices and inflation. The post was also shared widely on Twitter, with one iteration receiving over 230,000 views.

The video is not of protesters being arrested. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video was first shared Oct. 14 on YouTube and Twitter. These video captions state it shows St. Pauli soccer fans being arrested before a game in Hamburg. (RELATED: Did The German Army State It Would Launch An Offensive Against Russia?)

“ST PAULI ULTRAS ARE ARRESTED BY THE POLICE BEFORE THE DERBY FACING HAMBURG,” reads the YouTube video’s title.

Kicker, a German sports media outlet, reported that several fans were taken into police custody before the Hamburg city derby. St. Pauli’s issued a statement on Twitter asking for “clarification” on the “massive police operation.”

“There was a massive police operation on the Heiligengeistfeld, several people were injured. In view of the available videos and eyewitness reports, the urgent question of proportionality arises. FC St. Pauli demands clarification,” the club said on Twitter.

Thousands of citizens protested in Germany recently demanding relief from rising energy costs and a quicker transition to green energy, according to Reuters. The outlet stated 24,000 people participated in a demonstration Oct. 22, but did not state if anyone was arrested.

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