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- This footage does not show a breaking news event or a U.S. border breach. It previously was posted at least four months ago and is likely linked to an August 2023 Colombia truckers' protest.
A TikTok video alarmingly claims a section of the United States southern border has been breached and shows trucks speeding through a checkpoint, blaring their horns as people nearby cheer.
The Dec. 30 video is captioned: "BREAKING – A large convoy of trucks just breached the U.S. border patrol checkpoint in Arizona." It has been liked more than 23,000 times.
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However, this video shows neither a breaking news event nor a breach of the U.S. border. Other accounts have shared the same footage, which appears to show a location in Colombia, since at least September 2023.
We found no news reports of such a convoy breaching southern border checkpoints. We could not identify the video’s source, but user comments suggest it was filmed in August 2023 in Colombia during widespread protests against a rise in the fuel costs. Part of the protest involved speeding through tollbooths without stopping to pay.
The TikTok user who posted the video in September tagged the location as Peaje Pipiral, a tollbooth in Villavicencio, central Colombia.
We rate the claim that a large convoy of trucks just breached the U.S border patrol checkpoint in Arizona False.
TikTok video (archived link), Dec. 30, 2023
TikTok video (archived link), Sep. 19, 2023
TeleSur English, Colombia: Truck drivers on strike over high costs of fuel and tolls, Mar. 4, 2015
Associated Press, Thousands take to Colombia’s streets to protest 50% increase in gasoline prices, Aug. 29, 2023
Reuters, Colombia truckers strike over fuel costs, Jun. 16, 2008
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