Disinfo: US protests organised to support Bill Gates’ forced vaccination of Americans

Summary

The mass protests in the United States are organised and coordinated. An important goal is to help Bill Gates push through the forced vaccination of Americans and everyone else.

Disproof

This is another example of a Bill Gates conspiracy theory, posited with no evidence. The pro-Kremlin media has been spreading conspiracy theories about Bill Gates as part of its disinformation campaign around the coronavirus pandemic.

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality began organically throughout the US following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. The protests have nothing to do with Bill Gates or his health care activism.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the racial justice protests in US, such as claims that they may be "colour revolutions" orchestrated by leaders of the Democratic Party, or that they are being fuelled by Bellingcat.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Conspiracy theory, vaccination, Bill Gates

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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