A set of images showing anti-Prime Minister Narendra Modi placards is being widely shared on social media claiming that they show how he was recently welcomed in the United States of America.
PM Modi's three-day US visit concluded on Sunday, 26 September, with him addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), attending the Quad Summit and other bilateral engagements.
However, we found that these are old images with one dating back to 2014, the other is from 2019 and the third one could be traced back to 2019 at least.
The images show people raising anti-PM Modi posters with users sharing them with the caption: "Modi ji swagat USA mein. (sic)" (Translated: Modi ji being welcomed in USA).
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We found that all the image are old. Let's look at them one by one.
On performing a Google reverse image search on the viral image, we came across a tweet from September 2019 that suggested that image could be from PM Modi's visit to Houston, USA.
Author Suchitra Vijayan, too, had shared the image in 2019 claiming that it is from the #AdiosModi protest held in Houston.
— Suchitra Vijayan (@suchitrav) September 23, 2019
Further, we came across a video uploaded on YouTube by The Wire on 24 September 2019 with the caption: 'Modi's Houston Visit: Indian-American Coalition Protests Against Modi & Trump.'
In this video, the same placard as seen in the viral image can be spotted at 01:09 minutes.
In 2019, as PM Narendra Modi had addressed the Indian diaspora at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ mega event in Houston, Texas, thousands of people had gathered outside the venue, in protest.
A Google reverse image search on the viral image led us to an article published in 2014 that carried the visual and the URL linked it to the Madison Square Garden event held in New York when PM Modi had addressed the Indian community.
Taking a cue from here, we searched on Google with relevant keywords and found an article published by The Washington Post in September 2014 that carried a similar visual.
As the image was credited to Associated Press, we searched on the news agency's website and found visuals of an anti-PM Modi demonstration that took place in New York in 2014. The images can be viewed here and here. (Note: Swipe right to see the images.)
With the help of a Google reverse image search, we found a Facebook post shared in September 2019 that carried the viral image.
While we haven't been able to independently verify the location and when the image was captured, but it is a two-year-old image at least.
Meanwhile, dozens of Indian Americans had gathered at a park in front of the White House, to stage a protest against PM Modi's US visit, Al Jazeera reported on 24 September.
Evidently, old images of protests were falsely linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the United States of America.
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