Disinfo: The US is suffering from a colour revolution similar to those it used to support

Summary

We see how the wave of “colour revolutions” that erupted in many regions around the world hit the United States which once supported and helped launch them, so will Washington drink from the same glass that it forced the world to drink from?

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the United States supports the so-called "colour revolutions" around the world. This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as Western-funded "colour revolutions".

According to this narrative, which has been recently applied also to explain protests in Venezuela, and in Bolivia any civil uprising is not spontaneous, but is supported, if not outright organised by the West, which is portrayed as an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups.

This message is also consistent with the narrative of lost sovereignty, which denies the existence of genuine grass-roots protests, portraying the latter as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions.

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.

See related examples of disinformation claims alleging that the US organises colour revolutions around the world, and that it instigates wars and revolutions to flood Europe with refugees.

See also similar cases that riots in the US take place according to the colour revolution manuals of US democrats and Obama.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests

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Disproof

Recurrent disinformation on Crimea status and the population of Crimea.

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What we are witnessing is an attempt at regime change.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the racial justice protests in the US and colour revolutions.

There is no evidence to suggest that the protests in the US broke out through “top-down mobilization,” much less that they are directed specifically by the Democratic Party, whose officials have repeatedly called on the demonstrators to go home or, failing that, to refrain from violence.

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Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a violent coup, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and encircled Russia.

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