FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show An Armored Vehicle Running Over Peruvian Protestors?
A video shared on Twitter purports to show an armored vehicle running over Peruvian protestors.
Peru 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/oPGS7Aq7DN
— nikola 3 (@ronin19217435) January 23, 2023
The claim is false. The video shows an armored vehicle running over Venezuelan protestors in 2019.
Machu Picchu, an ancient archaeological site and tourist attraction in Peru, was closed as a result of the country’s continued protests, Fox News reported. Peruvians are currently protesting the impeachment and imprisonment of former President Pedro Castillo and demanding the resignation of interim president Dina Boularte, according to NBC News.
The Twitter video, viewed over 200,000 times, purports to show an armored vehicle running over Peruvian protestors. “Peru,” the video’s caption read along which includes two sets of eye emojis, suggesting the footage is from the ongoing protests.
The claim is false. The video shows an armored vehicle running over Venezuelan protestors in 2019, according to an article from the Washington Post. The vehicle disrupted a protest in the streets of Caracas as Venezuelans attempted to oust then-President Nicolas Maduro and install National Assembly Leader Juan Guaido, the outlet reported.
Video of the armored vehicle running over the crowd of protestors was also shared to the White House’s verified Twitter account by the Trump administration with the caption, “This is the corrupt, illegitimate Maduro Regime.”
This is the corrupt, illegitimate Maduro Regime. pic.twitter.com/79sFbYrzOp
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) April 30, 2019
Video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube by Global News on Apr. 30, 2019. The video’s caption indicated it was a military vehicle and that the footage was captured outside La Carlota military base in Caracas. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Protestors In Front Of Brazil’s National Congress In 2023?)
There are no credible news reports suggesting an armored vehicle ran over Peruvians during recent protests. Likewise, the video does not appear on the Peruvian National Police’s website or its verified social media accounts. In addition, Peruvian President Dina Ercilia Boularte Zegarra has not publicly commented on the purported claim.
Peruvians have engaged in anti-government protests for two months, calling for Boularte Zegarra’s resignation, according to The Associated Press. The protests represent Peru’s worst political violence in more than two decades, the outlet reported.