This video actually shows a protester kicking away a tear gas canister in Beirut in 2019

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A clip has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times on Facebook and TikTok alongside a claim that it shows protesters in the Indonesian city of Bandung kicking away a tear gas canister during a recent protest. The claim is false; the clip shows a protester in Beirut kicking away a tear gas canister during a demonstration in December 2019.

The two-second clip was published on Facebook here on October 7, 2020, and has been viewed more than 460,000 times.

The Indonesian and Sundanese-language post translates to English as: “Ibrahimovic… kicks a ball…

“Bandung kids…. Kicking a tear gas canister …. # I like your style.”

Screenshot of misleading post, taken on October 13, 2020

The post circulated as protests against the controversial Job Creation Law turned violent with clashes between protesters and police erupting in regions across Indonesia, including Bandung, as The Jakarta Post reported on October 7, 2020. 

The same clip, which has been viewed nearly one million times, was also shared alongside a similar claim on Facebook here, here, here and here; as well as on TikTok here and here

The claim, however, is false. 

Reverse image and keyword searches on Google found the same clip uploaded here on Twitter on December 15, 2019, by a Lebanese user, @Abbassnourdeen1.

The post features Arabic hashtags “#Lebanon_revolts” and “#Lebanon_rises up”, both of which were used during the protests in Lebanon in 2019. 

On December 15, 2019, the Twitter user also posted another video of the protests. 

Below is screenshot comparison between the clip in the misleading post (L) and the video on Twitter (R):

Screenshot comparison between clip in the misleading post (L) and the footage on Twitter (R)

The exact location of the video in Beirut can be seen here in Google Maps. 

Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces erupted on December 14 and 15, 2019, as reported by AFP here