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Old PoK Protests Revived As Recent, A FactCheck:

Old PoK Protests Revived As Recent, A FactCheck:

BOOM found that the clip was taken from a CNN News 18 report in September 2015.

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An old video clipping showing protesters in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) condemning the Pakistani government is viral on social media and being shared as recent.

The clip is viral in the backdrop of a pro-independence Kashmir rally being held recently in PoK and clashes breaking out between Pakistani police and protesters.

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The same video was also viral in August and was debunked by BOOM Hindi.

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Viral on Facebook

The video was viral and shared on Facebook with the same caption.

Same video shared on Facebook

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CNN News 18’s 2015 report

We broke the viral clip into key-frames and performed a reverse image search using Google and found that the viral clip was taken from a news report by CNN News 18.

The video report was titled ‘Pakistan muzzles pro-India voices in Pak-Occupied Kashmir with brutal force, human rights violations’ and uploaded on September 29, 2015.

The same protesters in the viral clip can be spotted from 2.45 minutes and 5.40 minutes in the CNN News 18 report.

Some footage picked from old clips in the CNN News 18 report

Scroll had reported on September 30, 2015, that some of the footage which is not in the viral but in the CNN News 18 report was picked up from clips on YouTube that were at least a year old.

In the video uploaded on September 15, 2014, the similar visuals can be spotted of a woman chanting pro freedom slogans and a man giving a speech on Azad Kashmir.

At 2.07 and 5.04 time stamp in the news report video similar footage can be spotted.

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Recent protests in PoK

Pakistan police had arrested at least 22 people after a pro-independence protest in PoK after clashes broke out between authorities and demonstrators reported Aljazeera on September 9, 2019.

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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