Fact Check: Aerial Image Does NOT Show 'Freedom Convoy' In Canberra, Australia

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Aerial Image Does NOT Show 'Freedom Convoy' In Canberra, Australia Not Canberra

Does an aerial image of several vehicles and hundreds of encampments on a farm show an offshoot of the "Freedom Convoy" in Canberra, Australia? No, that's not true: The image is actually of a festival site in England and was taken in 2019.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on February 14, 2022. The post has the aerial image and text that reads:

Canberra, Australia 🇦🇺 The freedom convoy is much bigger than expected. Over 1.5 million cars were counted at the rally.

@truckerconvoy2022

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on February 15, 2022:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Feb 15 15:30 2022 UTC)

The "Freedom Convoy," which originated in Canada in January 2022 to protest the COVID-19 vaccination mandates for truckers and the general public, has gained support internationally, including in Canberra. However, the extent of that support is not nearly as extensive as the Facebook post suggests, and the image used in the post is misattributed.

Stock photography website Alamy has the same image in its catalogue: an aerial photo of the 2019 Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England, which Lead Stories cannot display without violating copyright protections on the image.

Lead Stories has debunked several other claims related to the Freedom Convoy. Those fact checks can be found here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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