Fact Check: No, This Large Gathering Of People On a Winter Night Is Not From The Ongoing Farmers’ Protest

A picture of a huge crowd is making rounds on social media claiming to be from the ongoing farmers’ protest. It is being claimed that the picture is of a winter night and about 9 lakh farmers and 70 thousand women were lying on the streets of Delhi.

The Facebook caption read, “এই শীতের রাতে ৯ লাখ কৃষক,৭০ হাজার মহিলা আজ দিল্লীর রাস্তায় পড়ে আছে,পৃথিবীর সবচেয়ে বৃহত্তম ঐতিহাসিক কৃষক আন্দোলন। আমি আপনি তো আজ লেপের তলায় দিব্বি শুয়ে আছি।! এ লড়াই শুধু ওনাদের নয়,১৩০ কোটি মানুষের মুখে দুবেলা,দুমুঠো অন্ন তুলে দেওয়ার লড়াই…!!ভাবুন ভাবুন, ভাবা অভ্যাস করুন….!! Jai hind জয় কিষান জয় জওয়ান

(Google Translate: “This winter night, 9 lakh farmers, 70 thousand women are lying on the streets of Delhi today, the world’s largest historical farmer’s movement. I swear you are lying under the coat today. ! This fight is not only for them, it is the fight to give away two handfuls of food in the face of 130 crore people…!!
Think think, practice thinking….!! Hail India  Hail farmer  Hail soldier “)

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FACT CHECK

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

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on The Wire dated June 23, 2018, with the caption read, “A Long March of the Dispossessed to Delhi”.

Moreover, we also found the same picture on Rural India Online dated June 22, 2018.

On digging further, we also found the same picture in the picture gallery of Rural India Online dated March 13, 2018, with the picture description that read, “The last break before Azad Maidan was in Chunabhatti. That night, many like Kamalabai Gaikwad (centre) took help for their torn feet from a van dispensing medicines”.

Other news organisations like Aam Janta and Counter Punch also posted the same picture of the huge crowd in June 2018.

Hence, with the help of the above information, it is clear that the old video of the protest is falsely linked to the ongoing farmers’ protest. Don’t fall for old and misleading claims.

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