FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Jair Bolsonaro’s Son Being Captured?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show Flavio Bolsonaro, the son of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, being captured by Brazilian federal police.

Verdict: False

The video is from 2011. There is no evidence Flavio has been captured by Brazilian police.

Fact Check:

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, who lost the 2022 presidential election to current Brazilian President Lula da Silva, stormed various government buildings earlier this month, according to The Guardian. Hundreds of participants have been arrested for their involvement, CNBC reported.

The Facebook video claims that Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, had been captured by Brazilian police following a long car chase to what appeared to be a private plane. The video was shared on Twitter, with one iteration receiving over 75,000 views.

This claim, however, is false. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is over a decade old and was published on YouTube titled, “Approach PF plane 01.11.11 – full video.”

“After 30 days of investigation, three federal police officers, occupants of an unmarked vehicle (GM/S10), on 11.1.2011, around 12:00, guarded one of the two possible runways where the investigated would land a plane, in the city of Pontal (Ribeirão Preto region), in the interior of São Paulo,” reads part of the video description.

Check Your Fact could not find any evidence that Flavio Bolsonaro had been arrested by Brazilian police. If he had, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Reuters reported that he said on the Brazilian Senate floor that his father should not be held responsible for the attack on Brazil’s Congress and other government buildings. (RELATED: Does This Photo Show A Former UK Health Minister With His Book ‘How To Get Away With Murder?’)

Misinformation centering around the events of the attack on the Brazilian National Congress has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting the Central Intelligence Agency in the U.S. was responsible for the riots.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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