FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Fireworks Display After Lula’s Victory?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows a fireworks celebration after Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s victory in the Brazilian presidential election.

Verdict: False

The video is not from Brazil. It is from Croatia. It was filmed in 2020, not 2022.

Fact Check:

Lula, the former president of Brazil, defeated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in a close election, according to BBC News. After his victory, many Bolsonaro supporters erected roadblocks and called on the military to keep him in power, though the outgoing president called on supporters to end the roadblocks and protest peacefully, Bloomberg reported.

The Facebook video claims to show a celebration in the aftermath of Lula’s victory. The video’s caption reads, “How beautiful the party in the northeast At the time of Lula’s turn.”

However, the video does not show a celebration of Lula’s victory. A reverse image search found that the video is from October 2020 and was taken in Croatia, two years before the 2022 Brazilian presidential election. The video was shared on Twitter by the original user.

Hajduk lives forever. #TorcidaSplit #HŽV #Split,” the user tweeted. (RELATED: Did Jair Bolsonaro Announce Military Would Audit The Brazilian Presidential Election?)

Hadjuk Split is a soccer team in Croatia and the video shows a firework show celebrating Torcida Split. Torcida Split is a fan club for the team, according to The Associated Press. The club shared other angles of the celebrations on its website.

The user who posted the video also corrected an account that posted the video with incorrect captions.

“This is my video that you shared without my permission, without publishing my name as the author, falsely showing that it is about Brazil, and it is about Split in Croatia and the celebration of Torcida’s birthday,” the user stated on Twitter.

This is not the first time misinformation about the recent Brazil presidential election has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting a military audit of the election had been ordered by Bolsonaro.

Elias Atienza

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