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Holland recognized Lula’s victory, contrary to what the post says

False: It is false that the Dutch government has confirmed that there was fraud in the presidential election in Brazil. Post on Facebook uses print of an alleged report by Jovem Pan News that does not exist, saying that the president of that country would have made such a statement. In addition to the fact that the Netherlands is a monarchy and does not have a president, the country’s prime minister, Mark Rutte, published a tweet acknowledging the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), whom he called to congratulate. The material also mentions that Argentina, Spain and Italy would also have spoken of fraud, but government representatives of the three countries also recognized the election of the PT.

investigated content🇧🇷 Facebook post with a print of an alleged report by Jovem Pan News with the title “The President of the Netherlands confirms that there was fraud in the presidential election in Brazil”. In the caption, the author writes: “Argentina, Spain, Italy and now the Netherlands… finally, the world is already recognizing electoral fraud in Brazil”.

where it was published: Facebook.

Conclusion of Comprova: The Facebook post claiming that the Netherlands confirmed that the presidential election in Brazil was rigged is false. The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, recognized Lula’s victory (PT) and publicly congratulated him on his Twitter page🇧🇷

The publication still lies when using the image of an alleged report on the JP News website, from Jovem Pan, with the title “The President of the Netherlands confirms that there was fraud in the presidential election in Brazil”. The content does not exist, as Comprova verified by searching the vehicle’s website. In addition, the country is a monarchy, that is, it has no president.

Another misinformation is that the post claims that Argentina, Spain and Italy would also have recognized the fraud. The leaders of the three countries congratulated the PT candidate for his victory (Argentina🇧🇷 Spain and Italy🇧🇷

Falsefor Comprova, is content that was invented or that has been edited to change its original meaning and deliberately disseminated to spread falsehood.

publication reach: The post on Facebook, labeled “false information” by the platform, had, as of November 21, 3,800 shares, 349 comments and 2,500 likes.

What the person responsible for the publication says: The report tried to contact the Bloco Movimento Brasil profile, but did not receive a response. The group was created in January 2016 by people dissatisfied with then-president Dilma Rousseff (PT). The main profile picture is a Brazilian flag with the text “Brazil above all – God above all” superimposed – the expression is used by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), whom the page supports in his posts.

How do we check: Through Google searches it was possible to find news involving Lula and the countries mentioned in the post. On Twitter, the report searched for the profiles of the representatives of the countries mentioned in the post.

Research was also carried out on the websites of the Young pan It’s from telegraph, from the Netherlands, vehicle indicated as the source of information in the verified post. The alleged news disclosed in the fake post was not found.


The post verified here, published on November 14, lies when stating that the Netherlands said there was fraud in the Brazilian presidential election. Lula’s victory was announced on October 30, when the second round of elections in Brazil was held and, a day later, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, congratulated the PT on his Twitter profile🇧🇷 On November 8th, Rutte said she called Lula, also on Twitter🇧🇷 In the second publication, the Dutchman “warmly” congratulates Lula and writes: “@LulaOficial welcome as an ally in the fight against climate change, as a trade and investment partner and as a key player in the G20 network”.

The piece of disinformation uses what appears to be a screenshot of a report by JP News, by the group Jovem Pan, with the title “The president of the Netherlands confirms that there was fraud in the presidential election in Brazil”. The image is fake. Comprova searched for the content on the vehicle’s website and did not find the text.

The print also shows that the source of the JP News report would be Telegraaf, from the Netherlands, but the European vehicle did not publish anything about the Dutch government having spoken of fraud in the Brazilian election. From October 30, the date of the election, to November 18, seven reports were found mentioning Lula. The first of them, on October 30, pointed to the result of the polls with the report “Lula wins presidential election in Brazil🇧🇷 The other six titles are: “Man shot dead by drunk during party after Lula’s victory🇧🇷 🇧🇷Bizarre: Brazilian deputy pulls out gun on the street”, with the video by Carla Zambelli (PL-SP) that went viral on social networks; 🇧🇷Lula leftist president of Brazil: ‘Long live democracy and long live Brazil!’🇧🇷 🇧🇷Brazilian President Bolsonaro resigns himself to defeat🇧🇷 🇧🇷Bolsonaro responds to the electoral defeat on Tuesday” and, the last report, of November 3: “Bolsonaro asks supporters to stop roadblocks🇧🇷

Other countries

Before citing the Netherlands, the verified post begins by stating that Argentina, Spain and Italy have already recognized that the election in Brazil was rigged, which is also not true. Argentine President Alberto Fernández congratulated Lula on the night of October 30, the day of the second round. “Congratulations @LulaOficial! His victory opens a new era for the history of Latin America. A time of hope and future that starts today. Here you have a partner to work with and dream big with the good life of our peoples”, wrote the representative on his Twitter profile🇧🇷

The next day (October 31), Fernández was in São Paulo, where he met with Lula🇧🇷

The second country mentioned in the post, Spain, also recognized the victory minutes after the election result was confirmed. “Congratulations, @LulaOficial, on your victory in these elections in which Brazil decided to bet on progress and hope. Let’s work together for social justice, equality and against climate change. Your successes will be those of the Brazilian people. Congratulations, Lula! tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez🇧🇷

Recognition from Italy came on the morning of 31 October. The government also used Twitter to congratulate the PT, in a post with a statement by the Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni – she is president of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic. “President @GiorgiaMeloni: Congratulations to @LulaOficial for his election as President of the Federative Republic of Brazil. Italy and Brazil will continue to work together in the name of the historic friendship between our peoples and to face the common challenges that await us”, published the profile🇧🇷

why do we investigate: Comprova investigates suspicious content that goes viral on social media about the pandemic and public policies of the federal government and pieces that question the result of the presidential elections. Publications like the one seen here go against the grain of democracy by trying to discredit the Brazilian electoral system and not recognizing Lula’s victory. And, more than that, at the current moment, they put democracy at risk by inflaming the coup acts that are taking place across the country, which could disrupt our democratic system.

Other checks on the topic: The same content has been verified by AFP We checked and by Rumors.org and, still on publications that attack democracy, recently, Comprova verified, for example, that Lewis Hamilton did not carry the Brazilian flag in support of coup acts is that it was a deputy, not the Federal Supreme Court, who filed a criminal notice against the Minister of Defense🇧🇷

Investigated by: Norte de Notícias, Folha de SP and Estado de Minas; Verified by: Uol, A Gazeta, AFP, Plural Curitiba, O Dia and Crusoé

Source: CNN Brasil

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