Fact Check: A 2018 Picture Of People Holding Black Banner, Is Falsely Shared As Recent Farmers Protest

A picture of a black banner has gone viral all over social media claiming to be from the recent farmers’ protest. It is also being claimed that some ‘anti-national’ elements are running their agenda in the name of the farmers’ protest.

The poster read, “न मोदी, न योगी, न जय श्रीराम देश पर राज करेगा मजदुर- किसान”
(Poster translation: ‘Neither Modi nor Yogi nor Jai Shri Ram. Labours and farmers will rule the country’)

The Facebook caption read, “राजनीतिक दंगल में भाजपा का मुक़ाबला करने में असमर्थ वामपंथी जमात राम और राष्ट्र से बैर कर बैठी है। किसानो के नाम पर देश विरोधी तत्व अपना अजेंडा चला रहें हैं। सावधान रहें।”
(Translation: Unable to compete with BJP in the political riots, the leftist Jamat has hated Ram and the nation. Anti-national elements are running their agenda in the name of farmers. Be careful.)

A similar post was found on Twitter as well.


FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be old, false and misleading.

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on Facebook dated December 2, 2018, by One India Times.

Also, when we looked at the picture carefully, we found ‘AIK’ on the black banner and ‘AIKS’ on the red flags along with some green flags behind.

Taking the clue, we found the exact same black poster on the Facebook profile of All India Kisan Mahasabha dated December 4, 2018.

On comparing the picture of the black banner on social media and the picture of the black banner shared by All India Kisan Mahasabha in 2018, we can clearly see that the picture is an old one.

On digging further, we also found ‘AIKS’ written red flags along with some green flags in the live video shared on Facebook two years back.

We then compared the viral picture and the screengrab from the 2018 live video and found the same flags in the event that took place in 2018.

For further confirmation, we also contacted one of the members of All India Kisan Mahasabha who confirmed to NewsMobile that the picture in circulation is OLD.

“The banner is of the time of ‘Kisan Sansad’ that was held in Delhi from November 29, 2018, to November 30, 2018, in which the farmers marched from Ramlila Maidan to MP Marg,” he said.

We also found a Tweet by BloombergQuint dated November 13, 2018, claiming that Farmers reached Jantar Mantar to carry out the second day of protests.


In conclusion, we can say that an old picture of a black banner of 2018 Kisan protest is falsely linked with the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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