Fake News: Puigdemont NOT On Bus From Charleroi To Brussels Today

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

After last week's declaration of independence by Catalonia and Spain's subsequent sacking of the Catalan government there were reports in the Spanish media that Catalan President Carles Puigdemond had fled to Brussels, a story apparently confirmed by Belgian media. In this context following tweet was being shared around on social media:

Translation: "We have already reached Charleroi. now by bus to Brussels. a great atmosphere!"

As you'll notice the tweet dates back to 2009, well before the current events. It is currently unknown which route or method of transportation Puigdemont is taking (he could already be in Brussels for all we know).


If and when he does arrive we assume he will tweet about it himself via his official Twitter account at @KRLS.

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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