'Mass desertion' of cars in Germany actually traffic jam in China

PETALING JAYA: A viral message with a picture purportedly showing a mass abandonment of cars in Germany in protest of a fuel price hike is in fact a huge traffic jam in China which happened two years ago.

The message which has been circulating on social media spins a story of angry German citizens abandoning their cars in protest after their government supposedly raised fuel prices.

"In just one hour of time people abandoned their cars on the streets and avenues and walked home.

"Over a million abandoned cars. They had to lower the price," read the message.

However, the image accompanying the message was not shot anywhere near Germany but in fact was taken in China.

According to the online portal of British newspaper The Telegraph, the bumper-to-bumper gridlock captured in the picture took place on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway during the week-long National Day holiday in 2015.

The traffic jam was reportedly caused by a new toll station checkpoint, which cut down the lanes on the highway from 50 to 20, as well as foggy weather.


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