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Fact Check: Does This Video Show Celebrations in Brazil After Leftist Lula Won Presidential Polls? Here’s the Truth


Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a veteran leftist, won a new term as President of Brazil on October 31, marking a spectacular political comeback to defeat far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a bitterly contested, last-minute runoff election.

Against this backdrop, a video showing numerous firecrackers in the sky is being widely shared on social media, linking this to the celebrations in Brazil after Lula da Silva’s victory. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “লাল ব্রাজিল। বেঁচে গেলো পৃথিবীর ফুসফুস আমাজন, যা নিজের হাতে মেরে ফেলতে সক্রিয় হয়েছিলো ফ্যাসিস্ত বোলসেনারো। বাঁচিয়ে দিলেন ব্রাজিল এর জনগন। এক আমেরিকার ঘাড়ে চেপে উঠেছে এখন আরেক আমেরিকা, লাতিন আমেরিকা এই সময় প্রায় পুরোটাই বামেদের, প্রায় পুরোটাই লাল। ☭ লাল সেলাম ব্রাজিল” (English translation: Red Brazil The lungs of the world survived the Amazon, which the fascist Bolsenaro was active in killing with his own hands. Saved the people of Brazil. Now another America is pressed on the neck of one America, Latin America this time is almost entirely leftist, almost entirely red.)

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Extracting keyframes from the viral video and performing a Reverse Image Search, we found a news report, dated November 4, 2020, carrying the same viral video. The article headline reads: “Jaw-dropping firework display in Split, Croatia as Torcida celebrates 70th birthday.” 

We searched further and found the same video and images carried by multiple Facebook pages in 2020. 

The same video was also carried by a verified Twitter account on October 28, 2020, with the text: “THE CITY IS BURNING: Torcida Split (followers of HNK Hajduk Split in Croatia) turned 70 (the oldest ultra group in Europe) and they decided to celebrate it in a big way”.

Thus, it is clear that an old video from Croatia is being shared as that from Brazil, and the viral claim is false. 

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