Fact Check-Video of protesters with bows and arrows was not taken outside a vaccination center in Australia in 2021

A video of a group of people with bows and arrows was not taken outside a vaccination center in Australia in 2021, despite claims made online. The video was filmed in São Paulo, Brazil in March 2019.

Examples of the misattributed video on social media are viewable (here), (here), (here).

The original video was uploaded to Twitter by TeleSUR TV journalist, Nacho Lemus, on March 28, 2019 (here). The tweet reads (in Spanish), “Tension in front of the São Paulo Mayor's Office. The mayor refuses to receive the Guarani. The Bolsonaro government wiped out doctors, medicines and health posts in indigenous villages.”

The Guarani are indigenous people living in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia (here).

Reuters geolocated the video to the corner of the mayor’s office in São Paulo (Viaduto do Chá, 15 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo) which is viewable on Google Maps (here!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sBNpmWkcebk02lvteHuadTQ!2e0!!7i16384!8i8192).

The video featured in news reports of the protest in March 2019 (here), (here).

Another angle of the same event published by Brazilian outlet Globo is viewable (here).

Images of the protest taken by photographer Suamy Beydoun are viewable on Almany (here).

The caption of the images on Almany reads: “Guarani Indians threaten to invade Sao Paulo City Hall - Armed with bows and arrows, Guarani Indians of the Indigenous lands of Jaragua, west of Sao Paulo, who have been camped since yesterday morning in front of the City Hall headquarters in the Cha Viaduct, threatened to invade the property if they were not attended by Mayor Bruno Covas, they are against the municipalization of the indigenous health and denounce the scrapping of SESAI, Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health. The Metropolitan Civil Guard was called and placed in the lateral entrance of the building in the street Doctor Falcao, in order to avoid a possible invasion.”

Reuters has previously addressed misattributed videos on social media claiming to show anti-vaccination protests and rallies in 2021 (here), (here).


Miscaptioned. A video of a group of people with bows and arrows was not filmed outside a vaccination center in Australia, 2021. The video was taken in São Paulo in March 2019.

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