A video is being shared on social media claiming that it shows water cannons and tear gas being used against anti-vaccination protesters in France. People in France have been protesting against a new government policy that makes vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers. Though, it is not mandatory for all French citizens.
The video is shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “Resistance begins to mount against President Macron’s plan for mandatory COVID vaccinations of all French citizens. #france”
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.
Doing a Reverse Image Search of keyframes from the video led us to a YouTube video uploaded on July 14, 2021, with a caption that read, “University of Nairobi (UoN) Students demo against fee increment. Clashing with the police.”
We found many other YouTube videos titled, “UoN students Protest move by management to increase Varsity fees.” Check here and here. The videos were uploaded on July 14 and July 15, 2021, respectively.
We also looked for media reports regarding a protest at the University of Nairobi and found many articles uploaded on July 14, 2021, which stated that “Police have arrested three student leaders from the University of Nairobi (UoN) on Wednesday (July 14, 2021) after they took part in protests against the recent fee increment.” Here’s another news article.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that a video of a recent protest at the University of Nairobi is being shared as the anti-vaccination protest in France. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading.
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