Hyderabad: Pictures of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wearing a black headscarf and black colored Air New Zealand plane is viral on social media.

Users claim that the PM wore a "black suit to support farmers of India".

This image is viral against the backdrop of farmers completing six months of protest against farm laws. Farmers observed May 26 as 'black day'.

The set of photos are being shared with the caption that upon translation reads: "New Zealand's PM surprised the world by supporting Black Day by wearing a black suit in favor of Indian farmers and getting the government plane painted black."


The claim is false as the two images are unrelated and not linked to the ongoing farmers' protest.

The picture of Jacinda Ardern donning a black suit was used by Causeur in 2019 French article. The caption for the image states that the picture was taken in March 2019 after an anti-Muslim bombing in Christchurch.

The same was also reported by another French news organization, La Liberte. New Zealand held a remembrance ceremony on March 29, 2019, to pay homage to 50 Muslims killed in a mosque. (Click here to read more). The viral image of the PM is linked to 2019 terror attack in New Zealand.

The image of the black color Air New Zealand plane is also not related to the farmers protest as the image matches the thumbnail of a YouTube video uploaded by Air New Zealand on December 8, 2010. Air New Zealand had revealed the new livery design for the first aircraft in its new domestic jet fleet in December 2010 and it matches the viral image.

Furthermore, we did not find any credible news reports on Ardern's support of the ongoing farmers' protest.

Evidently, the images are unrelated and not linked to the farmers' protest. The claim of the New Zealand PM supporting the farmers' protest is false.

Claim Review :   New Zealand PM support Indian farmers by wearing black suit
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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