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An old video of a tractor negotiation is being falsely linked to the Delhi Chalo protest.


A video is widely spreading on social media depicting a man persuading another individual to sit on a chair, surrounded by a group. The video has been claimed to show money being offered to farmers to participate in the ongoing Delhi Chalo farmers’ protest. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.

Claim: This video shows a person persuading a farmer to join the Delhi Chalo farmers’ protest for a monthly payment of 35,000 rupees.

Fact: The video in question predates the ongoing Delhi Chalo farmers’ protest, which began on 13 February 2024. The individuals in the video are actually negotiating the price of a tractor deal. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.

The credibility of the viral claim was assessed through a reverse image search using keyframes from the video. This led to several social media posts (here, here and here) from January 2024 containing a higher-resolution version of the viral clip. Descriptions of these videos indicate that they showcase a tractor deal negotiation, not a protest.

Upon viewing the clearer version of the video, it became evident the individuals were discussing a tractor deal, not a protest.

Additionally, the Delhi Chalo protest, initiated by farmers, began on 13 February 2024 (here and here), and these videos were uploaded before this date. For instance, one Instagram post featuring this video dates back to 17 January 2024. This evidence confirms that the context of the viral video has been inaccurately associated with the ongoing farmers’ protest.

To sum up, the circulating video doesn’t pertain to the Delhi Chalo farmers’ protest but shows a tractor deal negotiation. 


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