Hyderabad: A video of protestors tearing up the Indian flag is going viral on social media with the claim that the incident took place during the ongoing Kisan Andolan in India. The Kisan Andolan refers to the ongoing Indian farmers' protest against three controversial farm Acts that were passed in September 2020 by the Parliament of India.


A Twitter user shared the video with the hashtag "#जलता_छत्तीसगढ़" meaning "Burning Chhattisgarh".

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Fact Check:

This video is not from India.

NewsMeter found that the video is from the United States when Khalistan supporters protested outside the United Nations building in New York during PM Narendra Modi's UN address.

The fact-check team found a tweet and a Facebook post by Australia media outlet NRI Herald that carried the same visuals. The tweet reads, "Khalistani Sikh extremists spotted at New York during PM modi's visit tearing off Indian National flag while shouting extremist slogans." (sic)

AP Images had posted a photo of the incident that took place on 25 September 2021. The caption said demonstrators had rallied outside the UN headquarter during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly to show their support for Indian farmers. Two men who can be seen in the photo also appear in the viral video.


A livestream of the same event was also uploaded on the YouTube channel TV84. Same people in the viral can be seen in this video too.


Although the viral video does show protestors supporting Indian farmers and the Kisan Andolan and ripping up the Tricolour, the incident did not take place in India. Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Video of protestors tearing up the Indian flag is from the ongoing Kisan Andolan in India
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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