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Fake News: London Muslim Mayor Did NOT Encourage Muslims To Riot During Trump's Visit To The UK

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 09 May 2018 20:08:25 Z)

Did Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, encourage muslims to riot during President Donald Trump's visit to the U.K.? A blog claims he did and offers a video as "proof" but it is not true: the video says the exact opposite thing.

The blog Free Speech Time posted an article on May 6, 2018 titled "Watch: London Muslim mayor encourages Muslims to riot during Trump's visit to the UK" (archived here) which opened:

London Muslim mayor incited Islamic-based hatred against president Trump. He took every opportunity to lash out at the US president for daring to criticize Islam and to ban terrorists from entering America.
Now he warns Trump not to come to the UK because "peace-loving" Muslims who represent the "religion of peace" will have to riot, demonstrate and protest during his visit to the UK.
Sadiq Khan himself incited hatred against the US president among British Muslims.
Shame on a Muslim mayor of London.

Screenshot of https://www.freespeechtime.net/2018/05/watch-london-muslim-mayor-encourages.html

The post then includes this video as proof:

But if you listen to the video Khan does not incite violence or riots, on the contrary. Here are some key quotes:

There will be protests ... Londoners ... will use the rights they have to express their freedom of speech. The key thing is this: they must be peaceful. They must be lawful.

He also doesn't mention the words "muslim", "muslims" or "islam" even once during the clip.

The rest of the article is just a rambling rant against muslims and has nothing to do with Trump or London.

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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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