(The article was originally published in Newschecker Urdu)
A video showing people hurling objects (stones/eggs) at a green bus in the middle of a road is going viral on social media platforms. Those who shared the video claim it shows Brazilian soccer fans attacking the bus carrying their national football team who returned home after their exit from the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. The video is around four years old, and it is being shared in a false context.
Several Facebook users shared the clip with the caption, “Brazil players arrive home from the world cup tournament 2022”
The video has also found its way to YouTube.
A Google reverse image search on the keyframes of the viral video led us to a Facebook post, dated March 27, 2018, by Ana Paula Lima. The post carried a slightly shorter version of the viral footage with a caption, “Fascists attack Catarinense bus thinking it was Lula’s Caravan bus through the South. We’ve reached rock bottom.” (translated from Portuguese)
Taking a clue, we translated keywords “Lula,” “caravan” & “Catarinense bus” in Portuguese with the help of Google and looked up the same. This yielded an article published in website pt.org.br, dated March 27, 2018, titled ‘Fascists “get confused” and attack buses in Paraná’
Displaying visuals from the viral video, the article elaborated that a Viação Catarinense bus was attacked with stones and eggs near Foz do Iguaçu. It added, “The target, they (people hurling stones, eggs at the bus) thought, was former President Lula. But those occupying the vehicle’s seats were just citizens travelling on a regular bus.”
Another report by catve.com, dated March 26, 2018, featured the viral clip and stated , “A bus belonging to a passenger transport company was attacked a few minutes ago on BR 277…in São Miguel do Iguaçu. Protesters against Lula’s caravan threw eggs at the bus travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu. The Federal Highway Police registered the case and the bus company revealed that it will file a police report. The protesters held eggs and were waiting for the Lula Caravan organisers to pass through to Foz do Iguaçu… (translated from Portuguese)”
Furthermore, we found that the viral video was also uploaded on YouTube channel, dated March 27, 2018, titled in Portuguese which roughly translates to ‘Agro Boys attack tourist buses thinking it belonged to Lula (03/26/2018) ‘
The description of the video read, “Agro boys (sons of wealthy landowners) missed the target and threw eggs at a Catarinense bus full of tourists from Rio de Janeiro. They believed that former president Lula was in the vehicle…”
The video is neither recent nor does it show Brazilians throwing eggs/stones at the bus carrying their national football team after its exit for FIFA World Cup 2022. The clip dates back to 2018, and shows people attacking a commuter bus, mistaking it to be a part of the country’s leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s caravan.
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