Fact Check: 2023 Video From Indonesia Falsely Linked To Ongoing Farmers’ Protest 


Farmers have been demonstrating at the Shambhu border since February 13, demanding a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops and other concessions. Against the backdrop, a video has gone viral on social media claiming a crowd attacking the police. The video is claimed to be from the ongoing farmers’ protest.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Kisan aandolan mein ladai ho rahi hai bahut bhayankar se Aaj ki sacchi khabar hai Allah”. 

Here’s the link to the above post. Check the archive link here


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Running the screenshots of the viral video through Reverse Image Search, the NM team could not find any significant result. However, using the Yandex Reverse Image Search, we found these screenshots in a news article on the Indonesian news website koranmalut.co.id, dated October 12, 2023. As per the news, the screenshots were from a police simulation exercise demonstrating preparations for the 2024 Indonesian election.

When we researched police simulations, we discovered that they are mock drill exercises that assess preparedness for various scenarios. We found numerous videos and news articles about these exercises in Indonesia.

Further, we searched online but found no recent credible media report stating any such clash between the farmers and the police. Therefore, the viral claim is false. 

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