Photos of CPI(M) leaders morphed to portray them holding placards in support of China

Photograph of CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat holding placards which allegedly carry slogans against the Indian army are circulating on social media. The placards read, “Indian Army Down..Down, We Support To China..Zindabad.” The images are being shared in the backdrop of the ongoing border dispute with China where 20 Indian army soldiers were killed. Social media claims attempt to show that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is offering support to Communist-ruled China.

The message shared along with the images reads, “चीन और उसकी कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी इन मार्क्सवादी कम्युनिस्ट नेताओं को हर वर्ष लाखों डॉलर देती है इसलिए बेशर्म , बेहया , गद्दार देश की जनता के सामने खुलेआम ये सब कर रहे हैं। भारत में रहते है और भारत से ही गद्दारी सीता राम येचुरी , वृंदा करात,, दोनों वामपंथी नेता है मार्क्सवादी कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी के। जिसने 1962 के भारत – चीन युद्ध में भी चीन का समर्थन किया था।”

Several Twitter users have also shared the images.

Alt News has also received fact-check requests on its official mobile application.

Morphed images

A reverse-image search led us to a June 16, 2020, tweet by CPI(M) where the same images were posted. The photos were shot during a protest against the policies of the PM Modi government.

Sitaram Yechury’s placard reads, “IMMEDIATELY PAY RS.7500 PER MONTH FOR THREE MONTHS TO ALL OUTSIDE INCOME TAX BRACKET.” While Brinda Karat is holding a placard that reads, “PROVIDE FREE 10 KG FOODGRAINS PER MONTHS FOR SIX MONTHS TO ALL NEEDY INDIVIDUALS.”

According to The Hindu, “The CPI(M) held nationwide protests demanding direct cash transfer to all families that do not come under the income tax net. It charges that the Narendra Modi government had failed to protect the livelihoods of millions of people during the [coronavirus] pandemic.”

In an all-party meet, CPI(M) had expressed condolences at the death of Indian army soldiers in Galwan valley.

Therefore, images of CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat holding placards in protest against the policies of the Modi government were photoshopped to falsely project them holding placards with anti-army slogans.

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