By: Aswathi K
October 26 2021
Jacinda Ardern's image in a black scarf is from March 22, 2019, when she attended an Islamic prayer in Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Jacinda Ardern's image in a black scarf is from March 22, 2019, when she attended an Islamic prayer in Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.An image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wearing a black scarf over her head, along with a picture of an Air New Zealand plane painted in black, has been making rounds on social media. Along with the image is a message which claims that Arden has extended support towards the ongoing farmers' movement in India. The claim is baseless. The social media post says, "New Zealand's PM surprised the world by supporting Black Day by wearing a black suit in favor of the farmers of India and getting the government plane painted black." The farmers' protest in India started in November 2020 after the parliament passed three farm laws. Various celebrities, activists, and political/ national leaders, including the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, had supported protests. However, the image of Ardern was captured on March 22, 2019, while she attended an Islamic prayer in Hagley Park outside the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to Getty Images. The prayer was to respect the victims of the Christchurch attack, which killed almost 50 people. A Reuters report on the mosque attacks also carried the image on March 22, 2019. The second photo of the Air New Zealand plane in black is old and irrelevant. Air New Zealand revealed an all-black livery design in December 2010. A video of the announcement was uploaded on YouTube by Air New Zealand. Since unrelated images of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are be being shared online, the claim that she came out supporting the ongoing farmers' protest in India is false.