FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Protestors In Front Of Brazil’s National Congress In 2023?
A post shared on Facebook purports to show Brazilians protesting alleged election fraud in front of the country’s National Congress Jan. 8.
The original video shows Brazilians gathered at the Esplanada dos Ministerios in September 2022 celebrating the country’s Independence Day. Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro gave a speech the same day, Reuters reported.
Over 1,200 people have been charged for their roles in an alleged attack on Brazil’s capital, BBC News reported. Bolsonaro is also the target of a probe into the riot by Brazil’s Supreme Court, with prosecutors saying his comments questioning the legitimacy of the election incited the riots, according to the outlet.
The Facebook post purports to show Brazilians protesting alleged election fraud in front of the country’s National Congress Jan. 8. “The cabal has underestimated the courage and backbone of the people of Brazil!” text included in the post reads.
The claim is false. Check Your Fact reversed-searched the video and found the video first appeared in a tweet posted in September 2022, months before the riots took place. (RELATED: Did Brazil’s Outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro Annul The Election Results After His Loss?)
According to the tweet’s translation, Bolsonaro attended a “political act” in front of the National Congress at the Esplanada dos Ministerios on Brazil’s Independence Day. Bolsonaro also gave a speech in front of his supporters ahead of the country’s October election on Independence Day, Reuters reported.
Após participar de desfile cívico-militar em comemoração ao Bicentenário da Independência, o presidente marcou presença em um ato político em frente ao Congresso Nacional. O evento ocorre na Esplanada dos Ministérios, em Brasília pic.twitter.com/YcNiCY9uyD
— Gazeta Brasil (@SigaGazetaBR) September 7, 2022
“After participating in a civic-military parade in celebration of the Bicentennial of Independence, the president attended a political act in front of the National Congress,” a rough translation of a tweet reads.
The purported video is not included in any credible news reports focused on the event. Likewise, Brazil’s Federal Police have neither referenced the video on their website nor on their verified social media accounts. In addition, Brazil’s current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has not referenced the purported video in any way.
Check Your Fact has contacted Brazil’s Federal Police for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.