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Fact Check: 2009 Sweden Protest Video Circulated During Malmo’s 2024 Eurovision – Watch

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A video from an earlier period depicting a violent altercation in Malmo, Sweden, has been incorrectly labeled as depicting protests against Israel’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Social media posts shared the footage, opens new tab, which dates from 2009, with the inaccurate caption: “Muslim migrants who were given shelter in Sweden are destroying Swedish taxpayers’ property because of an Israeli singer in Eurovision.”

Resurfacing on May 10, the video captures individuals wearing balaclavas and throwing rocks at a line of police vehicles.

Malmo, renowned for its sizable Muslim population, serves as the host city for Eurovision 2024 from May 7 to May 11.

While Israel’s entry advanced to the final on Thursday, the same day witnessed thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators taking to the streets of Sweden’s third-largest city to voice opposition against Israel’s involvement in the contest amidst its military actions in Gaza.

“There were no disturbances at any of the demonstrations last night,” a spokesperson for Malmo police said in an email to Reuters.

“The videos that are being shared at social media is 15 years old and show disturbances at a demonstration outside a tennis match between Sweden and Israel in Malmö 2009.”

This footage also appears in a YouTube video purportedly depicting violence at a Davis Cup tennis event in Malmo in 2009.

During the original incident, Reuters reported clashes between anti-Israeli protesters and law enforcement outside an Israeli-Swedish tennis match, although no breach of police lines occurred.

VERDICT: Misleading. The video depicting protests in Sweden originates from a 2009 Davis Cup match in Malmo but was erroneously circulated online as if it pertained to protests during the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo.

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