Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Narcotraffickers, Communists Celebrating Lula Election Victory In Brazil -- It's From 2019

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Narcotraffickers, Communists Celebrating Lula Election Victory In Brazil -- It's From 2019 Old Video

Does a social media video show narcotraffickers and Communists celebrating the election victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva In Brazil's presidential election? No, that's not true: The video clip shows street celebrations in Brazil from August 2019 following a court order.

The claim appeared in an article and video (archived here) published by the InfoWars website on October 31, 2022, under the title "Watch: Brazilian Narcotraffickers Celebrate Bolsonaro's Election Loss." It opened:

Alex Jones breaks down viral clips coming out of Brazil depicting narcotraffickers and communists celebrating the electoral defeat of anti-globalist President Jair Bolsonaro:

This is what the InfoWars website looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: InfoWars screenshot taken on Wed Nov 2 20:30:44 2022 UTC)

Social media

The video clip circulated widely on social media in late October and early November 2022. In addition to the clip on InfoWars, Lead Stories found it in these posts, too (here, here and here). One of the posts is embedded below:

InfoWars host Alex Jones included the same clip about 45 seconds into the video from his show that was posted to his website. Here's what Jones said about it:

We'll continue to track and monitor the situation in Brazil but you noticed they're trying to arrest the populist political opposition to the globalist [Lula]. Let's roll with audio, some of the video of truckers blocking roads, protesting. The farmers protesting that [Brazilian President Jair] Bolsonaro's having the election stolen. Meanwhile, the drug cartels and criminals are celebrating. Let's jump ahead to the narcos celebrating.

Here's a still shot from the InfoWars video when Jones calls for the clip:

still shot from AJ video No. 2.png

(Source: InfoWars video screenshot taken on Wed Nov 2 22:08:34 2022 UTC)

Old video

While Jones identifies the clip as being from post-election protests in late October 2022 in Brazil, the video is, instead, from August 2019, more than three years earlier. The second video in the tweet below is the clip that's being recycled and offered as proof of drug traffickers celebrating Bolsonaro's defeat:

Another Lead Stories fact check related to the Brazilian election can be found here.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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