A post with some pictures is being shared on social media with a claim that inspired by the ongoing farmers’ protest in India, farmers’ protest happened in Spain as well.
It also claimed that following farmers’ protest in Spain, the government there instantly listened to their demand and passed the law that no products should be sold below MSP.
A Facebook user shared the post with a Hindi caption, “भारत के किसान आंदोलन से प्रेरणा लेकर स्पेन के किसानों ने आंदोलन किया और सरकार ने तुरन्त अपनी गलती स्वीकार करते हुए MSP से कम खरीद को गैरकानूनी बना दिया। दूसरी तरफ “‘हम दो हमारे दो” वाली निर्दयी राजहठी सरकार अब भी अपने पूंजीवादी दोस्तों की गोद से उतरने का नाम नहीं ले रही है। #FarmersProtest”
(Translation: Taking inspiration from the farmers’ protest of India, the Spanish farmers agitated and the government immediately admitted its mistake and made it illegal to purchase less than the MSP. On the other hand, the ruthless royal government of “Hum Do Us Hamare Do” is still not leaving its capitalist friends.)
We found a similar post on Twitter as well.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be false.
Firstly, we ran a Reverse Image Search on one of the pictures from the viral post and found the same picture on Euro Topics dated November 28, 2019.
The caption of the image read, “Thousands of tractors lined up in front of Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday and there was traffic chaos and hay on the Champs-Elysées on Wednesday. But it’s not only in Germany and France that farmers are venting their anger. In the Netherlands and Denmark, for example, they’re demonstrating against new environmental regulations and for better pay. Are the farmers’ protests justified?”
It is evident from the caption of the above post, that the picture is from Germany (2019) and not Spain.
We then ran another Reverse Image Search on the other picture and found the same picture featuring in an article dated 2019 on a website called Grain.
According to the article, the farmers in The Netherlands protested against being unfairly portrayed as main culprits in the country contribution to the climate crisis.
On investigating further, we found that the farmers’ in Spain were indeed protesting against the continued decrease in profits and demanded systematic change in the industry.
According to a report in Euro News, dated February 19, 2020, farmers blocked roads with tractors in southwestern Spain in the latest series of mass protests over plummeting incomes in the country’s agriculture sector.
Hence, while the farmers in Spain had protested, over plummeting incomes in the country’s agriculture sector, these farmers protested long before the Indian farmers’ started protesting.
We also found an article by The Tribune, dated March 3, 2021, which talks about the amendment in Spain’s 2013 food supply chain law (under the new ‘Royal Decree-Law 5/2020’), which became effective from February 27, 2021.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear farmers did protest in different countries, including Spain, but it was way before farmers’ protest began in India.
Therefore, the claim in the viral post that farmers’ protest in Spain was inspired by the ongoing farmers’ protest in India is FALSE.
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