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- The people under the tarps aren’t crisis actors from Ukraine trying to fool people into thinking they are dead. They were part of a protest against climate change that was held in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 4.
A video that appears to show a body suddenly moving under a plastic body bag has gone viral on social media amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with claims that it shows a Ukrainian crisis actor.
"Miracle! Death (dead) Ukrainians coming to life after dying on social media but caught on live camera," read one tweet sharing the video. "This entire PR disaster is falling apart very fast."
The clip shows a reporter speaking to the camera as dozens of people lie under tarps behind him. One person on the ground suddenly moves, followed by someone else running over to cover them back up.
But the video is not from Ukraine and it does not reflect a news segment covering mass deaths — it’s from a protest held in Austria in early February.
Twitter post, March 1, 2022
PolitiFact, No, this video doesn’t show a German crisis actor, Feb. 8, 2022
YouTube, Wien: Demo gegen Klimapolitik, Feb. 4, 2022
OE24, Wien: Demo gegen Klimapolitik, Feb. 4, 2022
The Print, Video of moving ‘corpse’ in Ukraine is actually from climate change protest in Vienna, March 2, 2022
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