This video has circulated online since 2015 in reports about a protest in Indian-administered Kashmir

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A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows Sikhs chanting in support of Pakistan at a protest in India. The posts were shared as farmers in India demonstrated against new agriculture laws. The claim is false; this video has circulated online since October 2015 in reports about a protest over the alleged desecration of a Sikh holy book in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The one-minute six-second video was shared here on Facebook on December 10, 2020. It has been viewed more than 54,000 times.

Screenshot of misleading Facebook post

The post’s Hindi-language caption translates to English as: “See the seditious side of the farmers' agitation in this one-minute video. Kashmir will become Pakistan, Punjab will become Khalistan”.

The people in the video can also be heard chanting: “Kashmir will become Pakistan” and “Punjab will become Khalistan”.

Khalistan is a Sikh political ideology that calls for an independent homeland for Indian Sikhs.

The misleading post was shared as farmers in India demonstrated against new agriculture laws, as AFP reported here.

The video was also shared here, here, here and here on Facebook and here, here, here and here on Twitter, alongside an identical claim.

The claim is false.

A reverse image search on Google of keyframes extracted from the video in the misleading posts found a longer version of the video published here on YouTube on October 18, 2015.

The video description reads, in part: “Sikh protesters on Sunday shouted pro-Pakistan slogans during a protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikh religion, at Baramulla in north Kashmir.”

It also included a link to a longer text report dated October 19, 2020. The headline reads: “Sikhs shout “Kashmir banega Pakistan, Afzal Guru Zindabaad” while protesting ‘desecration’ of holy book”.

Screenshot of media report

It reads, in part: “A ‘bir’ (holy book) was ‘desecrated’ in Bargari village, 15 km from Kotkapura in Punjab, leading to tension on October 12. Over 100 pages of the Sikh holy book were found scattered on a street near a gurdwara. The holy book had been stolen from a gurdwara in June.”

The protest was also reported by other media in October 2015, including US-based Time magazine here and Indian newspaper Deccan Chronicle here.


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