Social media posts claim thousands of people took to the streets in Israel, Spain and Portugal to protest against the effects of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a non-governmental organisation based in Switzerland.
An Australian Facebook user posted a series of TikTok videos on February 14, 2023, showing rallies in Israel, Spain and Portugal with the headline saying people were protesting against “the effects of WEF globalism”.
However, all three rallies held over the weekend of February 11 and 12 related to domestic matters, not the WEF or globalisation.
Spain’s rally was concerned with the Madrid regional government’s handling of the public healthcare system.
People massed in Portugal’s capital Lisbon over the education sector, with teachers concerned about pay, career advancement and rising inflation.
Additionally, AAP FactCheck did not find any reference to the WEF in any reports about the three protests.
The original videos were shared online by Facebook blog group Politicki Magazin Srbija, whose name appears throughout the three videos.
Israelis took to the streets on February 11 following weeks of demonstrations across multiple cities to express their opposition to the Netanyahu government’s plans to limit the powers of the courts because of “overreach of judges”.
Drone footage from the protest also showed the same landmarks including a distinctive light pole in the foreground and a banner unfurled atop the thoroughfare.
Health workers in the Spanish capital held largescale demonstrations on February 12 against the regional government over poor staffing conditions and favouring private health providers over the public system.
Spain’s public health system is largely the responsibility of regional governments. At least a quarter of a million demonstrators converged in Madrid’s Plaza de Cibeles, the second mass health worker protest since November.
Photos from the event share similarities with the video, including two parked vans towards the bottom right of the Cibeles Fountain. A white van can be seen parked behind a blue van which matches images from news reports.
In Portugal, thousands of teachers marched in Lisbon for the third time in a month calling for better pay and career pathways to keep up with the country’s rocketing inflation.
The claim that thousands in Spain, Israel and Portugal took to the streets in protest against the effects of World Economic Forum globalism is false.
The protest in Israel was related to the government’s proposed judiciary changes. Spanish healthcare workers were demonstrating against healthcare cuts, while Portuguese teachers were rallying for better pay and conditions. While globalisation can have an impact on inflation, it was not the focus of the protests.
False – The claim is inaccurate.