HYDERABAD: A video of people wrapped in plastic bags is viral on social media. Users claim that this video shows Indonesian Covid-19 victims wrapped in plastic bags.

"In Indonesia, Covid-19 victims were wrapped in a plastic bag. Some people were not even dead. What a sad image! Wish Thailand never has to experience this. Protect yourselves and do not go out (sic)," reads the claim.


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The claim that the video shows Indonesian Covid-19 victims wrapped in plastic bags is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same video posted on YouTube in May 2020. The title and description suggest that the video shows a performance called "Empaquetados" that took place in Poblado Park (Medellín, Colombia) on May 26, 2021. The performance was a tribute to victims who "left their homes to fight for their rights" but came "back dead, drowning, in pieces and in bags." It was also posted by `Knowledge Plus' on YouTube.



A report on a Spanish website `Prensa Mercosur' carried the same video. The report too, mentions that the video shows a performance called "Empaquetados" and it took place in Medellín, Colombia as a tribute to the victims of a National Strike.

A participant of the performance took to Twitter and posted more images from the performance. "Today, Wednesday, May 26, we continue to be part of the national strike, this time through participation in the performance "Empaquetados," the participant tweeted.

Clearly, the viral video is of a National strike tribute performance in Columbia.

Thus, the claim that the video shows Indonesian Covid-19 victims wrapped in plastic bags is false.

Claim Review :   video shows Indonesian Covid-19 victims wrapped in plastic bags
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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