Social media users have been sharing a photograph of a large crowd and falsely claiming that it shows protests in Italy over recently approved COVID-19 health passes.
Italy made COVID-19 health passes mandatory for all workers from Oct. 15, 2021 in a test case for Europe, with the measure being applied mostly peacefully across the country despite scattered protests (here).
Prime Minister Mario Draghi's cabinet approved the rule - one of the world's strictest anti-COVID measures - in September, making it obligatory from Oct. 15 for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection (here).
The photo in the posts actually shows an electronic music festival called Street Parade, which took place in Zurich in August 2019 (here). A high-resolution version of the same image can be seen on the event website, and a Swiss flag can be seen flying from the most prominent building (here).
It’s not the first time this image has been misattributed online: in August 2020 Reuters fact-checked false posts claiming that the photo showed crowds in Berlin protesting against coronavirus restrictions (here) and in October 2020 that it showed a Trump rally in Ocala, Florida (here).
False. The photograph shows a 2019 music festival in Zurich, Switzerland, not COVID-19 health pass protests in Italy.
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