Fact Check: Photo Is From Pre-COVID Times, NOT A Reaction to Canada's Trucker Protest

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Photo Is From Pre-COVID Times, NOT A Reaction to Canada's Trucker Protest Old Photo

Does a photograph showing tractors blocking a highway depict a demonstration in reaction to Canada's trucker protest? No, that's not true: The photo is from pre-COVID times, not a 2022 trucker protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The claim was implied in a Facebook post (archived here) published on February 1, 2022. The post included the photograph and text, which reads:

When a country comes together like Canada has, it inspires other to do the same. The entire world is watching you #Trudeau

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 4 21:03:17 2022 UTC)

Immediately above the photograph, the post read:

Yesterday in Holland -- not a word in the media

Taken together, the post's text and photo suggest the image depicts a demonstration in Holland that was sparked by Canada's trucker protest. That's not true.

The post's image was published at least as far back as 2019, as can be seen at this archived site. The photo sits atop a German news story about a Dutch farmers protest. In contrast, truckers in Canada are protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The two demonstrations, and images, have nothing to do with each other.

Agence France-Presse published a fact check on the old photo on February 3, 2022.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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