Old and unrelated videos are falsely linked to the 2024 Farmer’s Protest!

Claim

Claim: 1

This is the situation of the police Barricades built to stop Farmers. Farmers break Barricades to enter Delhi, No barricades or police can stop them. The entire country is with them Prayers for their safety

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Claim: 2

These blockades are not on the China or the Pakistan border, they are deployed to stop farmers from entering Delhi. Why is the PM so afraid to talk to the farmers? Jai Jawan! Jai Kisaan! is just another slogan for the BJP.

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Explanation

Three agricultural bills were randomly passed by the Union BJP government in September 2020 without consulting the Parliament or farmers. Thousands of farmers marched towards Delhi, demonstrating against the laws and in favor of corporate companies. After that, the Acts were annulled by the Union Government.

At the time, the government pledged to guarantee a minimum support price and to withdraw any legal action it had brought against farmers for taking part in the demonstration. The farmers’ demands have not been met, so they are currently staging a protest and marching back towards Delhi. To stop them, the government and police have planted barbed wire fences and placed tear gas shells in the farmers’ paths, among other measures.

In this instance, numerous videos that link it to the ongoing farmer’s protest have gone viral on the internet. In the 53-second video featured in the first claim, tractors are seen smashing through barricades. This post makes the allegation that farmers breach police barricades intended to prevent them from entering Delhi. You can view one similar claim post here.

Numerous images depicting nails placed as roadblocks are included in the second claim. This post is shared with a claim stating, “These blockades are not on the China or the Pakistan border, they are deployed to stop farmers from entering Delhi.” A similar claim post can be viewed here.

What’s the truth?

Fact Check 1

We found an Instagram video posted by Bhaana Singh Sidhu when we began our analysis using the keyframes of the viral video. The video was from Punjab and is captioned, “From Badbar Toll Plaza to Bku Kadia Barnala youth participated in Sangrur Morcha by breaking the police block with the organization’s jeep.”

This video was posted on 3rd February whereas the farmer’s protest started on 13th February.

When we advanced our search we got an article from the Hindustan Times, briefing the protest. The article was titled Protesters block the national highway in Sangrur against YouTuber Bhana Sidhu’s Arrest.”

According to the article, “The protesters blocked the Bathinda-Chandigarh national highway and staged a sit-in in the middle of the road, raising slogans against the Punjab Police for arresting Sidhu.”

This clarifies that, the video is from the Sangrur Morcha against the arrest of social media influencer Bhana Sidhu and has nothing to do with the recent farmer’s protest.

Fact Check 2

When we started our analysis with the Google reverse image search along with pertinent keywords, it led us to an article from The Tribune. The blockade depicted in the viral image is the same as the one found in this article from 2021. This demonstrates that the three-year-old viral image has nothing to do with the current farmer’s protest.

All of the aforementioned data implies that the widely shared photos are not related to the current farmer’s protest and are rather old.

Conclusion:

So, we conclude that the widely circulated video that says farmers breach the barricades and enter Delhi is untrue. The video actually depicts the Sangrur Morcha protest, which was unrelated to the farmer’s protest and took place in opposition to YouTuber Bhana Sidhu’s arrest.

Furthermore, the second image claim—which depicts roads blocked with nails—is from a farmer’s protest in 2021 and is unrelated to the current circumstances. It was taken three years ago.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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