Hyderabad: A video reportedly showing rioters attacking cars on a street in Sweden has gone viral on social media. A few social media users also claimed that the attackers were Muslims and were causing violence in Sweden.

A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, “This is Sweden, not a film.”


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Here is similar claim by another user.


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FACT CHECK:

The claim that the viral video shows violent riots in Sweden is FALSE.

NewsMeter performed a search with InVid and found that the incident took place in Basel, Switzerland. There were no reports of the involvement of Muslims.

We also found a report by ‘Blick’ titled “Football chaos rage in Basel’s residential area”. According to the report, a violent clash broke out in Basel, near a stadium in Birsstrasse, on 19 May 2018 after the football championship game between Basel and Lucerne. The incident occured after 30 “fans” in white protective suits painted a bridge pillar on Birsstrasse.

Another report by ‘Bazonline’ titled “Around 90 people beat and riot after the FCB match in Basel” reported that several fights broke out and there was damage to property. Many people were knocked to the ground and kicked. They had to be sent to the emergency room.

The video has resurfaced several times with different claims. In each case, the video has been taken out of context and different communities blamed. For example, it had earlier been claimed that the incident took place in Birmingham, UK, and had gone viral in 2019.

Therefore, the claim that the viral video shows violent riots in Sweden is FALSE.

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter and is a final year student at Loyola Academy Degree and Pg College. She is doing her degree in Psychology, English, and Journalism. She has a zeal for learning and is very passionate about writing. Apart from writing articles, she also writes poetry.

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