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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show Muslims Rioting In Birmingham Demanding Nobody Drive During Ramadan

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:03:45 Z)

Did a viral video show muslims rioting in Birmingham because they demand nobody drive down their street during Ramadan? No, that's not true: a video showing Swiss soccer hooligans has been circulating online for weeks with a caption claiming it shows muslim rioters. It is not true, that did not happen

The video appeared in a post published on May 30, 2018 on a Facebook page named "Shay Arama" (archived here) with following caption:

European ! Must must see this !!! The Muslims demanded not to drive in the Ramadan Holiday in Birmingham England! In 10 to 20 years Muslims will control England !

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/100009631064968/videos/730611413936554/

The video can be seen here in an archived version. However, several weeks ago a fact checking website from India already investigated the video and found it showed Swiss soccer hooligans:

Football Fans Vandalism Video Being Shared As Muslims Rioting In Birmingham

CLAIM: Muslims rioted in UK's Birmingham during Ramadan as they wanted to eat on the street RATING: False FACT: The video shows rioters attack cars on a motorway in Switzerland following a football match between Basel and Lucerne.

From the video it is also obvious the cars drive on the right hand side of the road making it impossible to be in Birminham where they drive on the left.

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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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