A video of people wrapped in plastic bags lying on the side of a street has been shared with the claim that Christians in Afghanistan were left to suffocate in nylon bags for refusing to give up their faith. (Archive link)

The visuals have also been shared on Facebook with the same claim.

Alt News received numerous requests to verify the image on its WhatsApp number (+91 76000 11160).

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A reverse image search of a frame from the video revealed that it was from a protest in Colombia. We found a Facebook Live taken at the scene. This demonstration was held on May 26, 2021. According to a Facebook post, it had been organized in Poblado Park, Colombia as a tribute to fellow protestors who had disappeared or been killed during protests in the country. Scenes from the viral clip appear at the 1:15 mark in this 12-minute video posted on Facebook.

Performance “Empaquetados”, parque del Poblado, 26 de mayo de 2021.

Performance “Empaquetados”, parque del Poblado, 26 de mayo de 2021.
Un homenaje a las personas que han aparecido muertas en los últimos días, ahogadas, en pedazos y en bolsas. En honor a todos los que salieron de sus casas a luchar por sus derechos y no pudieron regresar a casa.

Posted by TODO BAJO CERO on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

We also discovered this video had been uploaded on YouTube on May 27, 2021, as a demonstration in Colombia.

According to a report, the country had been witnessing protests since April over proposed tax reform. To deal with growing debt and fiscal deficit, the government introduced a tax reform bill in Parliament in April. It contained stipulations that would increase the tax burden on Colombians and would have generated more than Rs. 4 trillion rupees for the government. However, the law was withdrawn after widespread opposition.

On May 3, the BBC reported that at least 17 people had been killed and 800 had been injured in the tax reform protests.

An old video of protests in Colombia is being shared as Christians in Afghanistan being wrapped in plastic bags and suffocated to death.

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