Disinfo: The protests in the US are reminiscent of colour revolution technique

Summary

The situation [with the protests] is complicated: a harsh crackdown on the protests will lead to a fall in ratings (including among African Americans, whose votes will be key in the forthcoming elections), but continued unrest will shake the confidence of Trump’s nuclear electorate.

The protests are being supported by opponents of Trump, led by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, albeit with reservations. It seems that, alongside the coronavirus, they will become a central theme of the election race. Whatever happens, developments in the country are extremely reminiscent of the techniques of a colour revolution.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, in line with a pro-Kremlin narrative on protests never actually being manifestations of popular discontent.

The  pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives about popular protests allegedly incited by the US around the world, including colour revolutions in Eastern Europe, Euromaidan in Ukraine,  protests in Catalonia and others.

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on the 25th of May, 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Conspiracy theory
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Radio Liberty and VOA are a part of American propaganda machine and are banned in the US

There are channels recognised as propaganda. Radio Liberty, Voice of America – they are banned from broadcasting in the USA. They are not media. Every bastard who sat on Radio Liberty and Voice of America – they generally do not have the right to call themselves journalists. They generally have nothing to do with the media. They are the wheel and cog of the American propaganda machine, which is even forbidden to broadcast on the territory of the United States. It is forbidden.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the accusation that VOA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty spread propaganda, nor that they are banned from broadcasting in the USA. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aimed at discrediting Western media and journalists.

RFE/RL and VOA are a part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). The U.S. Agency for Global Media and the media organisations that it supports can make their content available in broadcast quality upon request within the United States. This is due to a law that went into effect on July 2, 2013, amending the U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, known as the Smith-Mundt Act.

Russia never intervened in American affairs

Russia has never interfered in American affairs and has no intention of doing so.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

Electoral interference by Russia has been extensively documented in numerous countries around the world. The independent research, media investigations and parliamentary inquiries point out to evidence linking Russian state actors with interference in various electoral processes, including the 2016 US presidential elections, Brexit vote, in the 2017 French Presidential elections, in the 2017 German Parliamentary elections, etc. The list of essential research and analysis about the Kremlin's election meddling effort can be found here (Electoral interference).

The United States is now provoking tensions between Russia and Ukraine

The United States is now provoking tensions between Russia and Ukraine. And it really could lead to some serious military clash. The US is deliberately provoking Moscow to take tough actions against the shelling, when a rather serious number of people are dying in the territory of the unrecognised republics. They provoke to strengthen their position and to not let Europe reach an agreement with Russia in these difficult circumstances.

Disproof

The claim advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting Ukraine as a US client state, and implicitly painting the ongoing armed aggression in Ukraine as an internal affair.

The participants of the show discussed how the US conducts foreign policy and what role Ukraine has there. They claimed that Ukraine is totally dependable on the US, and is playing the role of pawn in the political game when the US is trying to confront China and Russia. The war on Donbas here is one of the instruments of impact.