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Fake News: Islamists NOT Marching in Denmark Demanding Child Marriage Law

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:02:50 Z)

Were Islamists really marching in Denmark demanding a child marriage law? A video circulating through a Facebook page named "News World" would have you believe muslims are protesting in the streets in Denmark demanding a child marriage law. This is not what actually is shown in the video, that part is a complete fabrication.

We've embedded the post below for as long as it stays up, and the archived version of the video can be viewed here:

The Facebook post was published on March 6, 2018 and carried the caption "News World | WTF!!?? Islamists marching in Denmark demanding a child marriage law" (archived here).

However the video appears to show a 2012 protest by the Denmark branch of Hizb Ut-Tahrir about the war in Syria. You can even see a picture of the event we found directly on Hizb Ut-Tahrir Denmark's own website which we've embedded below through Google's Image Search (archived here):

Google Image Result for http://hizb-ut-tahrir.dk/upload/images/Gallery/Protestmarch%20Syrien%20Februar%202012/_DSC3667.jpg


That doesn't mean Hizb Ut-Tahrir is just a harmless religious organisation: already back in 2015 there were calls to have the organization banned in Denmark. But not for calling for child marriage laws, that is completely made up.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/786888781492026/videos/934263850087851/

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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