Several old pictures and videos have been shared on social media with the claim that they represent the ongoing farmers’ protests. In the latest spree, a photo of thousands of people sitting on the road was circulated. Facebook page ‘Khari Khari News’ posted this picture, drawing over 1,000 likes as of this writing.

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Posted by Khari Khari News on Sunday, 29 November 2020

Bengali news website ‘guruchandali’ and a Tamil news outlet published this photo as recent scenes from farmers’ protest.

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It is quite widely circulating on Facebook as recent.

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A simple reverse-image search led us to the same photograph uploaded by Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on March 11, 2020. It represents the farmers’ long-march led by CPI(M) in Maharashtra.

It was also uploaded by media outlets two years ago.

“Over 30,000 farmers marched to Mumbai, from different parts of Maharashtra, for five days from March 7 to 12 to draw the State government’s attention to their demands, that included transfer of forestland to tribals who had been tilling it for years,” reported The Hindu on March 17, 2018.

Two-year-old image of farmers’ protest in Maharashtra has therefore been falsely shared as the ongoing peasants’ movement.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.