A video of bodies wrapped in plastic bags is being circulated on social media with the claim that it shows the condition of Christians in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control.
However, we found that the video dates back to 26 May and is from Medellín, Colombia wherein artists had performed to remember the people who died during the 29 days of the national strike.
The claim mentioned that the video showed "Christians in Afghanistan are wrapped in nylon rubber to die slowly."
The Quint received multiple queries on the claim made about the video on its WhatsApp tipline as well.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We divided the video into multiple keyframes using InVID and reverse searched them on Google that led us to a tweet shared on 31 August.
While going through the replies to the tweet, carrying the viral visuals, we found that a user had suggested that the incident is from Colombia.
VIDEO OF A PERFORMANCE IN COLOMBIA
Next, we searched on YouTube using keywords 'Colombia bodies plastic bag' and found a video uploaded in July. In the comments section of the YouTube video, a user directed to a video uploaded on 27 May that carried visuals similar to the viral one.
The 12-minute-long video was captioned as: 'performance empaquetados en el poblado Medellín Colombia paro nacional 26 mayo 2021. (sic)'
(Translated: performance 'Empaquetados' in the town of Medellín Colombia national strike 26 May 2021)
Taking a cue from here, we searched on Google by limiting the date range between 26 May-27 May, and came across a news report by Columbia-based newspaper El Espectador.
The article mentioned that 26 May marked 29 days of protests across Colombia. The protests had started against a tax reform proposal, that has now been shelved.
Further, the article published on 26 May, carried a visual, similar to the viral one, and mentioned how several artists did a performance to remember the people who died during the 29 days of the national strike.
Meanwhile, on 26 May, BLU Antioquia, a Medellín- based radio channel, had also tweeted visuals of the performance held at 'parque del Poblado' (Poblado park).
GOOGLE STREET VIEW CONFIRMS THE LOCATION
We also compared the buildings seen in the 12-minute-long video, longer version of the viral one, with the street view available on Google Earth, and found several similar elements, suggesting that video is indeed from Medellín, Colombia.
Here's a live view of the said location available on Google Maps.
Earlier, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, had said that "Afghanistan's diverse ethnic and religious minorities are at risk of violence and repression" in the context of Taliban's history, a NBC News report mentioned.
In Afghanistan, people belonging to religions such as Hindu, Sikh, Christianity are part of the minority population.
Evidently, an old video from Columbia is being falsely used to show condition of Christians in Afghanistan.
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