Fact Check: Does Viral Video Show Sri Lankan Mob Throwing Former PM Rajapaksa’s Car Into Water?

A video of a crowd throwing a car in a lake is being widely shared on social media with a claim suggesting that Sri Lankan citizens threw former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s car into water.

The caption reads, “سری لنکا کے وزیراعظم کی گاڑی کو پانی میں پھینک دیا گیا۔۔۔ مخالفین نے مستعفی وزیراعظم راجا پاکسے کا گھر بھی جلا دیا۔۔۔” (English translation: “Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s car was thrown into water. Opponents also burnt the house of Mahinda Rajapaksa.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found the claim to be misleading.

On doing Google Reverse Image search with one of the screenshots, we found the same video was published by Hiru News on May 9, 2022, with a caption that read: “ජොනීගේ පසු ගමන් රිය බේරේ වැවේ .” (English translation: “Johnny’s car thrown to Beira lake.”

Taking a hint, we searched with appropriate keywords and found the same video was also uploaded by a YouTube channel — The Times of India — on May 9, 2022, with a caption: “Sri Lanka: Protests turn violent, former minister’s car toppled into lake.”

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral claim is misleading.

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