Fact Check: 1991 Image Of Moscow Unrest Falsely Linked To Recent Protest In Canada Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

An image showing hundreds of people in an open arena has gone viral on social media with a claim that people are protesting against COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers in Ottawa, Canada.

According to a report by CNN, ‘the truckers oppose a recent mandate requiring drivers entering Canada to be fully vaccinated or face testing and quarantine requirements. The group is also protesting other health restrictions, including mask mandates and COVID-19 lockdowns.’

Facebook users are sharing the image with the caption, “Ottawa, Canada, two million people on the streets demanding freedom! This is what a people who don’t want to be the servant of globalism should look like. Nothing on TV about the huge manifestation. Once again it is proven that the media is the lying arm of the infection that has embraced humanity.”

Here’s the link to the above post.


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

A Reverse Image Search directed us to the website of Associated Press that carried the same image with the caption, “Hundreds of thousands of protesters pack Moscow’s Manezh Square next to the Kremlin, Sunday, March 10, 1991, demanding the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his fellow Communists give up power. The crowd, estimated at 500,000 was the biggest anti-government demonstration in the 73 years since the Communists took power, and came a week before the nationwide referendum on Gorbachev’s union treaty.”

Below is the comparison between the viral image and the Associated Press image. 

Searching further, we found a similar image uploaded on Getty Images with the caption, “MOSCOW, SOVIET UNION – MARCH 10: Pro-Boris Yeltsin supporters gather at a rally on March 10, 1991, in Moscow, Soviet Union.” 

NewsMobile had debunked the same image in November 2021, when it was linked to anti-lockdown protests in Austria.

Fact Check: 30-yr-old Image From Moscow Falsely Linked To Recent Anti-Lockdown Protest In Austria

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a 30-year old image from Moscow is being falsely linked to recent protests in Canada. 

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