FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show A Recent Protest In Brazil?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Facebook purportedly shows a massive protest against the results of the 2022 presidential elections in Brazil.

Verdict: False

The photo is from March 2016. These protests demanded the impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Fact Check:

President Jair Bolsonaro has stated that he will follow the constitution of Brazil following the election of his opponent Liz Inácio Lula da Silva, Al Jazeera reported. Many of Bolsonaro’s supporters have been banned from social media for questioning the results of the election, Bloomberg reported.

The Facebook image appears to show a large crowd of demonstrators in the streets of Brazil while dressed in the nation’s colors with flags. “While we tweet…This is Brazil protesting election fraud,” the caption reads. (RELATED: Is Billionaire Bill Gates Chairman Of The Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors?)

While the photo was taken in Brazil, the demonstration depicted took place before the country’s 2022 elections. The image dates back to March 2016, when protesters were demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

“Demonstrators demand the impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 13, 2016,” the caption from the Associated Press photo reads. “Brazilians took to the streets for a day of nationwide protests against Rousseff that’s widely seen as a key test of her ability to weather the political and economic crises lashing the country.

Rousseff was ousted as Brazil’s president in August 2016 following months of demonstrations and investigations into allegations that she manipulated the federal budget, according to The New York Times. The country’s senate voted 61 to 20 in favor of convicting her, the outlet reported.

This is not the first time a false report about election fraud has spread online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that thousands of ballots were discovered by a trash collector.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter


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