A video of people dancing at a protest rave outside the residence of Britain’s prime minister has confused social media users into thinking it shows people attending what was intended as a spoof Christmas Eve party. The party was not meant to be a real event, but a joke dreamt up in the wake of a controversy over gatherings by officials during COVID-19 lockdowns last year which critics said were parties and the government said were work meetings. (here).
The three-minute clip, posted to Facebook on Dec. 24 (here), shows hundreds of people dancing outside Downing Street while a nearby DJ performs a set from a van. An accompanying caption reads: “Mad scenes right now at the Downing Street Christmas Eve Party.”
Viewers in the comments appeared to believe the video had been captured earlier that day.
“So people actually turned up for it then”, said one person, describing the scene as “brilliant”.
Another, referring to pandemic-related restrictions on indoor parties, said: “That is what 18-year-olds think is a party nowadays. Tragic.”
However, the video posted on Christmas Eve was captured during a protest in June – not in December.
Multiple DJs performed from four vans at the event - named #FreedomtoDance – calling for better government support of the music industry. Another video from the protest can be seen here.
Miscaptioned. Video shows a protest rave in June – not a spoof Downing Street Christmas party organised on Facebook.
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