FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Recent Protest In England?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on social media purportedly shows recent massive protests against the rising cost of living in England.

Verdict: False

The caption is inaccurate. The video dates back to 2018.

Fact Check:

Protests continue to rage in France over President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the age to receive a pension, The Guardian reported. Protesters are demonstrating across the country, one target being the Left Bank brasserie La Rotonde, a venue of one of Macron’s previous celebrations.

The video shared on twitter allegedly shows an aerial view of a huge protest. The video plays inspirational music as the camera pans out to show the large gathering. “London 01/04/23,” text on the video reads. “Cost of living March. Not shown on mainstream news.”

The caption is inaccurate. The video is not recent or related to the protests against the rising cost. The video dates back to 2018 when citizens marched against the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. CBS reported at the time that the anti-Brexit march was to demand a referendum on the Brexit decision, which only passed with 4% more of the country’s votes.

British protesters did march to demand action to curb the rising cost of living, according to The Guardian. Large demonstrations were held in October, including one of the largest rail strikes, the outlet reported.

There is no credible news report that suggests this video is related to the recent protests in England. (RELATED: No, This Image Does Not Show A Mugshot Of Donald Trump)

This is not the first time an image or video has been shared online with a false caption. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video purporting to be footage of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter