Footage of a German protest unrelated to the US immigration dispute

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Social media users are sharing footage on TikTok that they claim shows a group of farmers in the US state of Texas organizing a protest on the southern border with Mexico in January 2024. This is not true; The video was taken during a demonstration in Germany.

“Farmer shuts down border and stands in Texas,” reads text on one TikTok. mail Posted on January 21, 2024.

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Screenshot from TikTok taken on January 30, 2024

The post received more than 2.8 million views. The same clip was circulated in another place on Tik Tok, Facebook, Youtube And X, previously Twitterin posts linked to footage at the southern US border.

The posts are some of the most recent wrong information About the dispute between Republican Governor Greg Abbott and the Biden administration over illegal immigration.

Texas has Continuation of immunization The banks of the Rio Grande though Supreme Court ruling Which sided with the federal government in allowing Border Patrol agents to remove razor wire barriers the state had erected in the area. truck driver Convoy So-called “Reclaim Our Borders” descend on the state for a planned demonstration against federal border policies.

The footage shared online does not depict any such protest, as it was taken in mid-January in Germany.

Reverse image and video seek appeared similar Screenshots On January 14, 2024, local broadcast station Schöntal TV captured a protest in Forchtenberg in the northern German state of Baden-Württemberg (archived) here).

additional Tik Tok Supports published After the protest, she shows the same footage she attributes to the Furstenberg event (archived here And here).

Mapillary Street View images taken at the protest site in 2020 show the same sign and street as the TikTok video that was misrepresented as Texas. Footage from Schöntal TV also shows the same house in the background.

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A screenshot of TikTok taken on February 1, 2024, with items identified by AFP

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Screenshot of Mapilary taken on February 1, 2024, with items identified by AFP

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Screenshot from Schöntal TV’s YouTube page, taken on February 1, 2024, with a house identified by AFP

Farmers protests

It has agricultural groups from European countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands Organize Protests in response to government policies aimed at reducing pollution and climate change.

The German government has proposed eliminating tax breaks on agricultural diesel, which some farmers say will hurt their bottom lines. Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three-party coalition scrapped a plan to abolish the vehicle tax deduction for agricultural machinery in its revised budget.

The local farmers’ association organized the Furstenberg demonstration as part of the “Action Week” for He objects Government tax policy on diesel (Archived link).

Davis Benzine, a spokesman for the group, confirmed that the footage in the TikTok posts was taken during the protests.

“The video was recorded on the evening of January 14, 2024 (Sunday) in Furstenberg (Baden-Württemberg),” he said in a German statement emailed to AFP. “This is also well demonstrated by the house on the left at one point in the video.”

last Supports On social media they falsely claimed the footage came from agricultural protests in France, which has seen similar protests this year.

Additional demonstrations in Germany have Forbidden The streets and highways of cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Bremen, along with the major ports on the north coast.

Previously told Agence France-Presse I was exposed Other videos were falsely claimed to appear Demonstrations Near the US-Mexico border – including some distortion Screenshots Of unrelated German protests.

Eva Wackenreuther contributed to this report.

February 2, 2024 This article has been updated to replace the first image.

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