The claim: A photo shows a Dutch protest in support of Canadian COVID-19 demonstrations
Droves of Canadians have traveled to Ottawa to protest a recent government vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers. On Facebook, some claim the protesters have international support.
A Feb. 1 post claims people in the Netherlands are demonstrating in solidarity with the truckers.
"When a country comes together like Canada has, it inspires others to do the same," reads text in the post, which includes an image of a traffic jam with tractors and pedestrians. "The entire world is watching you #Trudeau."
The post received almost 300 shares in four days. But it's being taken out of context.
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The image does show a protest in the Netherlands. However, it's not in support of Canadian truckers – the image is from 2019, when Dutch farmers protested environmental regulations.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment.
Photo shows Dutch protest over environmental restrictions
The protest pictured in the Facebook post had nothing to do with COVID-19 restrictions.
The Agence France-Presse reported in German that the photo was taken in 2019 by Dutch members of the group "Land Creates Connection," according to a Google translation of the article. The image was first shared online in a now-deleted December 2019 article about the protests.
The protesting farmers said the government was unfairly blaming them for issues contributing to climate change while the aviation industry received little criticism, according to the BBC. At the time, police said more than 2,200 protesters participated in the demonstration in The Hague. Similar protests have occurred in the Netherlands since then.
In Canada, truckers who dubbed themselves the "Freedom Convoy" are protesting cross-border COVID-19 vaccine requirements that took effect Jan. 15. The U.S. has a similar policy that went into effect Jan. 22, according to The Washington Post.
The Guardian reported that a similar protest may take place in the U.S., where the Canadians' demonstration has received support from prominent figures like Elon Musk and a number of federal lawmakers. The Toronto Star reported that people in a number of other countries are also planning protests in solidarity.
USA TODAY reached out to Land Creates Connection for comment.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that a photo shows a Dutch protest in support of Canadian COVID-19 demonstrations. The image is from 2019, when Dutch farmers protested environmental regulations. The demonstration had nothing to do with COVID-19.
Our fact-check sources:
Agence France-Presse, Feb. 3, Posts falsely claim photo shows 2022 Dutch farmers' Covid protest
Agence France-Presse, Oct. 1, 2021, Diese Aufnahmen zeigen keine aktuellen Straßenblockaden
Ruhr Nachrichten, Dec. 18, 2019, Archived article
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retrieved Feb. 5, CDC Museum COVID-19 Timeline
Weekly Times, Oct. 7, 2019, Netherlands farmer strike: Tractor protest sparks Dutch traffic jam
BBC, Oct. 1, 2019, Dutch tractor protest sparks 'worst rush hour'
France 24, Oct. 10, 2019, Tractor protest sparks 'biggest' Dutch traffic jam
Reuters, July 8, 2020, Dutch police detain about 50 farmers protesting over pollution rules
DW, July 29, 2021, Mt Kilimanjaro melts, Dutch farmers protest and wildcats struggle
The Washington Post, Jan. 28, A self-described ‘Freedom Convoy’ of Canadian truckers opposed to vaccine mandate arrives in Ottawa
The Guardian, Feb. 4, US anti-vaccine mandate campaigners aim to mimic Canadian convoy tactic
Toronto Star, Feb. 3, How Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ is inspiring protests in other countries
Associated Press, Feb. 7, Ottawa declares state of emergency over trucker convoy COVID-19 protests
Google Translate, accessed Feb. 6
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Canadian 'Freedom Convoy' unrelated to Dutch protest image