Unrelated incident from Brazil viral as Italian police arresting man during COVID-19 lockdown

A 27-second video which shows policemen apprehending a man on empty streets is viral on social media. “Lockdown means lockdown in Italy,” reads the accompanying text. The video has been circulating online in the view of Italy, and several other countries, observing strict restrictions on movement.

The video was also shared by actor Rishi Kapoor and quote-tweeted by News18 anchor Ameesh Devgan. Neither mentioned the place where the video was shot however, seemed to suggest that the action was in response to a person breaking lockdown protocol.

ABP News journalist Sumit Awasthi also tweeted the video.

Unrelated video from Brazil

Alt News performed a reverse image search of one of the frames of the video on Google and found a comment under a Reddit link. This mentioned the location as Sao Paulo, Brazil. Upon a further search, we found an article on a Portuguese website which said that the police was called after locals claimed that a man, in an intoxicated state, was brandished a knife on the streets.

The video also reported by a local news handle from Sao Paulo.

As per this report, “A drunken man raised his shirt to show he was unarmed, but he was knocked over, fell flat on his face, handcuffed and arrested. Military police will analyze images to see if there was any aggression.”

A video of policemen arresting a man for allegedly threatening people with a knife was falsely linked to coronavirus. Moreover, the incident did not occur in Italy but Brazil.

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