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Video shows a student protest in Indonesia, not in Kashmir


A video with the logo of ‘BBC News Kashmir’ that shows Policemen firing tear gas at some protestors is being shared widely with the claim that the incident took place in Kashmir. Let’s analyze the authenticity of that claim.

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Claim: Video of Police firing tear gas at students in Kashmir.

Fact: Video shows Jakarta Police using teargas to disperse a student protest in Indonesia. So, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When one goes through the video, the clues like the text ‘Polisi’ and flags spotted at various instances hint that the video may be related to an incident in Indonesia.

When searched on YouTube with the keywords ‘Police use teargas to disperse student protest Indonesia’, many search results were obtained. Among them, the search result of a Russian Television channel ‘RT’, had similar visuals in its news video as that of those in the video clip. The video had the following description – ‘Protesters clashed with police in Jakarta as thousands of Indonesian students resumed demonstrations against a new law they say has crippled the country’s anti-corruption agency’.

From the ‘Guardian’ article, it was found that students were protesting against the new anti-corruption law in Indonesia. So, the video is related to an incident in Indonesia.

The video clip has the logo ‘BBC News Kashmir’ on it, but there is no such subsidiary of British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) News. The clip is posted by a Facebook page with the name ‘BBC News Kashmir’ that has no connection with the BBC News channel.

To summarize, the video of Police using tear gas at a student protest in Indonesia is being falsely shared as that of protests in Kashmir.

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