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Fact Check-Video of Italian truckers is from 2021, not related to 2022 ‘Freedom Convoy’

Viewed tens of thousands of times, a clip shared online has been miscaptioned to say it shows Italian truckers joining the recent Freedom Convoy in Canada protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates for truck drivers. However, the video dates back to Sept. 2021 and is not related to COVID-19 restrictions.

The so-called "Freedom Convoy" - due to bring hundreds of trucks to Ottawa from the east and west of the country on Saturday - started out as a protest against a vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers ( here ), but has turned into a demonstration against government overreach during the pandemic ( here ).

“ITALY. - Italian truckers now mobilising with Australian truckers. Joining forces #Together with Canada. No one is free until we are all free. It’s a beautiful thing, the people will decide. #TruckersForFreedom2022 #ConvoyForFreedom2022,” reads a tweet with the miscaptioned video that had been shared at least 2,025 times at the time of writing of this check ( here ).

“Italian truckers today in support of Canadian convoy,” a Facebook user wrote on Jan. 28; the post has garnered more than 3,200 shares. ( here )

Other iterations can be seen ( here ),( here ),( here ),( here ).

On social media site Gettr, a post with the clip has gained more than 1,300 likes ( gettr.com/post/pr1xof399b ).

Reuters found iterations of this same video as early as Sept. 26, 2021 ( here ),( here ). The posts say it showed truckers protesting vaccine passports.

Italian fact-checkers Facta reported the images were shot on Sept. 25, 2021 in Turin during an annual truck meeting to celebrate the Feast of Saint Michael ( here ). The location can be seen on Google Street view ( bit.ly/3u9hTlR ). Government authorities told Facta the trucks were not part of a protest.

Reuters has addressed other footage that has been miscaptioned on social media regarding the recent Canadian trucker’s convoy ( here ), ( here ), ( here ), ( here ), ( here ).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. This video is from Sept. 2021 and is not related to the 2022 Canadian Freedom Convoy

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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