This video shows a 2017 protest in Bangladesh against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
A video of a large crowd marching through the street has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts that claim the footage shows demonstrators in the Indian city of Kolkata chanting Islamic slogans. The claim is false; the video actually shows a protest in Bangladesh against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in September 2017.
The video was published on Facebook here on August 28, 2020.
The post’s caption reads: “This is not Karachi, Kashmir or Kerala. No, this chant of ‘Islam Zindabad’ is being raised in Kolkata, capital city of #MamataBanerjee-ruled #WestBengal !”
The slogan “Islam Zindabad” translates to English as “long live Islam.”
The post’s hashtags refer to Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata is the capital city of the state.
The video was also shared alongside similar claims on Facebook here and here, and on Twitter here.
However, the claim is false.
A reverse image on Google found a similar video was published on YouTube here on September 13, 2017. The video’s title reads: “Islami Andolon Bangladesh enclose Myanmar embassy.”
Islami Andolon Bangladesh is an Islamist political organization in Bangladesh.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the YouTube video (R):
On multiple days in September 2017, tens of the thousands of people marched in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka to protest violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as AFP reported here.
Local media outlets also published reports about the protests here and here.
Kolkata police also took to Twitter on August 28, 2020, to refute the claim, saying it is “false” and “fake news”.
#FakeNewsAlert— Kolkata Police (@KolkataPolice) August 28, 2020
A video clip from Bangladesh is being falsely claimed to be from Kolkata. Legal action initiated. pic.twitter.com/v5MYLICKiI