Old images and videos are erroneously linked to the 2024 Farmers Protest!

Claim

Claim: 1

See the poverty of the poor farmer

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Claim: 2

Which crop has to be grown to buy this bundle??

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Explanation

In September 2020, the Union BJP government passed three agricultural bills at random without seeking input from farmers or the Parliament. Protesting that these laws were biased against farmers and in favor of corporate companies, thousands of farmers marched towards Delhi. The Union Government then rescinded the Acts.

The government at the time promised to guarantee a minimum support price and to drop any lawsuits it had filed against farmers for participating in the protest. The farmers are currently protesting and marching back towards Delhi because their demands have not been met. The police and government have taken various measures to stop them, including planting barbed wire fences and putting tear gas shells in the farmers’ paths.

In this case, many videos have been circulated online connecting it to the ongoing farmer’s protest. The first claim includes a 17-second video clip of a person operating a blue tractor on the road. There are 2-3 people seated on the front side of the tractor, which is adorned with an orange flag. This post is shared with a claim stating, “See the poverty of poor farmers” with the hashtag Farmer Protest 2024. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

The second claim includes an image of a white Range Rover with a green flag flying in front of it. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Which crop do they grow to buy this?” You can view related claim posts here, here, and here.


What’s the truth?

Fact-Check 1

Our investigation into the viral video’s keyframe analysis led us to several 2023 Instagram videos.

We found more similar videos on the Instagram pages “Dil Bohan” and “Bohan wale” while browsing their pages. Additionally, the group of individuals in this video can be seen in a few other videos that were uploaded in April 2023. They are dressed identically and are seated in the same spots.

Likewise, another Instagram user shared this same viral video in April 2023; it’s available for viewing here.

All of this demonstrates that the widely shared video is not new, but rather old.

Fact-Check 2

After a Google reverse image search of the widely shared photo, it was discovered that a high-end luxury car rental company had supported the farmers’ protest by flying a flag on its vehicles.

AK Luxury Car Rentals is a Punjab-based company that rents luxury cars. Earlier, during farmers’ protests, they showed support by hanging the flags of farmers’ associations on their expensive cars.

The current Range Rover car image that has gone viral was posted by AK Luxury Car Rentals on their Instagram and Facebook pages on January 26, 2021. In it, they have mentioned ‘Support farmers’. Similarly, they also posted photos of other cars with farmer’s union flags.

It is incorrect to associate the picture of the car rental company endorsing the farmers’ protest in 2021 with the one that is happening right now.

In a similar vein, an article on YouTurn has details about the false information that has been circulated about the ongoing farmers’ protest. You can read it below.

Read More: Outdated footages falsely connected to the recent protest by farmers

Conclusion:

According to our investigation, the viral clip featuring a blue tractor and its claim about the poverty of farmers is untrue. The video is actually from 2023 and is quite old. Thus, it has nothing to do with the ongoing farmer’s protest.

Additionally, the picture of a Range Rover associated with the ongoing protest in Delhi is false. It has been discovered that the photo was taken in 2021 when the car rental company tied farmers union flags to their vehicles in support of the farmers’ protest.

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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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