Video of Brazil Prison Riot Falsely Shared as Organ Trade in India
A gory video of a group of men clearing dismembered bodies strewn about has gone viral as organ trade in Odisha.
A gory video of a group of men clearing dismembered bodies strewn about has gone viral as organ trade in Odisha that has been facilitated by about 500 people from Bihar.
The 24-second video was sent to The Quint by a reader with the claim: “It is being said that the following video is from Odisha. Around 500 have come from Bihar, who have started killing people and selling them to medical colleges.”
(Note: The video has not been uploaded because of its graphic content. It can be accessed here.)
TRUE OR FALSE
The video has not been manipulated. However, it is not of organ trade in Odisha but the Alcacuz prison in Brazil. Moreover, the video dates back to January 2017.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We broke down the video into key-frames using the InVid software and conducted a reverse image search on one of the frames. We were led to the website gorebrasil.com. However, the site has been taken down now.
A subsequent Google search of the words “Gore Brasil” along with the image led us to a fact-check done by AFP Brazil on the same video.
The AFP article said that the video on Gore Brasil dates back to 19 January 2017.
The video is reportedly that of a riot at Alcacuz prison on 14 January 2017. The Gore Brasil report claimed that the video was filmed inside the prison.
This claim is substantiated by the fact that in one of the key-frames, a man seen supposedly clearing the bodies is wearing a shirt with the words ‘Policia Civil’ imprinted on the back, indicating he is part of the Brazilian police.
It is possible that the incident left “more than 30 dead” at the prison, an AFP report report dated 16 January 2017 quoted police investigator Otacilio de Medeiros as saying. Reportedly, it took security forces nearly 14 hours to restore order in the aftermath of violence.
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