Several social media users have shared a video of a pro-Khalistan rally along with a claim suggesting a link between the Khalistan movement and the ongoing farmers’ protest.
(Viral message: इस वीडियो को देखकर आपको समझ आ जायेगा कि किसान आंदोलन और खालिस्तान मूवमेंट में क्या कनेक्शन है और ये आंदोलन कहाँ से संचालित हो रहा है)
इस वीडियो को देखकर आपको समझ आ जायेगा कि किसान आंदोलन और खालिस्तान मूवमेंट में क्या कनेक्शन है और ये आंदोलन कहाँ से संचालित हो रहा है pic.twitter.com/EipzjFdS97
— Akash RSS (@Satynistha) December 3, 2020
This was also posted by several Facebook users including by Facebook page ‘ModiNama‘ with a following of 3.5 million users. The video gained over lakh views since it was posted on December 4. In past, ModiNama and Akash RSS have shared misinformation.
Old video from US
Searching a line from the Hindi slogan heard in the video ‘गली गली में शोर है भारत माता चोर है’ on Facebook, led us to the viral video posted by Himanshu Shukla (archived link) and Facebook page ‘Rohit Sardana Fans Club‘ in 2018.
We performed another keyword search after translating the slogan in Punjabi and found that Facebook user Hardeep Singh Khalsa had uploaded a higher resolution video of the same incident. At the 15-second mark, we can see that a protestor’s t-shirt reads ‘San Francisco’.
At the 37-second mark, a black building with ‘Proper Hotel’ written can be spotted. As per Google Maps, this hotel is on 34 McAlister Lane in San Francisco.
The following images show a visual comparison between stills from the 2018 video by Hardeep Singh Khalsa and stills from Google Maps.
Thus, a 2018 clip of a pro-Khalistan rally in San Francisco, US was falsely linked with the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. On November 30, Alt News debunked a similar claim where a 2019 video of UK-based pro-Khalistan gathering was linked with the recent protest.