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Fact Check-Video showing Italian neo-fascist group tearing down EU flag is from 2013

A video of a protest in Italy is being miscaptioned online and shared as if it happened recently. The video shows a 2013 protest where an Italian neo-fascist group tore down the European Union flag at the European Commission headquarters in Rome.

The text in one post reads: “Italy… The EU flag is torn down and replaced by the Italian flag. Citizens have had enough of the economic destroying policies of the EU. RESIST” (here). “As a coalition of right-leaning parties stood poised to form a new government in Italy after Sunday's elections, a group of Italian protestors reportedly torn (sic) down the European Union flag from the E.U.'s headquarters in Rome,” reads part of another post (here).

The video, however, shows an incident from December 2013.

Reuters reported (here) that an Italian neo-fascist fringe group scaled the front of the European Commission’s Rome headquarters and tore down the EU flag on Dec. 14, 2013 after a week of protests against economic hardship and austerity in the country.

Reuters reported at the time that 10 people, including the deputy president of CasaPound - far-right activists who aid the poor and venerate former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini - were arrested and charged with theft, resisting authority and unauthorized protest, police said.

CasaPound shared the video on its YouTube page (here) on Dec. 19, 2013, with the caption: “CasaPound blitz at European Union office - flag stolen, police charges - December 14, 2013.”

The description of the video reads, in part, “CasaPound militants steal the flag of the European Union in opposition to the economic and financial policies of Brussels, for national and monetary sovereignty.”

The posts have appeared as Giorgia Meloni looks set to become Italy's first woman prime minister at the head of its most right-wing government since World War Two after leading the conservative alliance to a triumph in the recent election (here).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. The video shows an Italian neo-fascist group tearing down the European Union flag at the European Commission headquarters in Rome in 2013, not 2022.

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

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