Fact Check: Video claiming rally held in West Bengal is of protest march in Bangladesh

By Vamsi Krishna Pothuru  Published on  29 Aug 2020 4:30 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video claiming rally held in West Bengal is of protest march in Bangladesh

Hyderabad: Twitter user Tarek Fatah shared a video of a massive protest and claimed that it was from Kolkata, West Bengal. The video was accompanied with text, "This is not Karachi, Kashmir or Kerala. No this chant of 'Islam Zindabad' is being raised in Kolkata, the capital city of MamataBenerjee ruled West Bengal!."

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Fact check:

FALSE, this video is not from West Bengal but is related to the 2017 protest march held in Bangladesh against the Rohingya crisis of Myanmar.

A reverse image search of one of the keyframes of the video on Yandex led us to the YouTube video uploaded by a channel 'Spice Info Tube' on September 13, 2017. This video was captioned as "IslamiAndolan Bangladesh enclose Myanmar Embassy."

This original video has more quality, and it has no alleged chantings of "Islam Zindabad" in it. The video in circulation has been edited and added a background song has also been added to it.

The song can be accessed here.

Preliminary visual analysis of the video by NewsMeter confirmed that this video was from Bangladesh.

At 39 seconds into the video, Bangladesh flag can be spotted.

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At 54 seconds of the video, one of the protestors can be seen holding a placard with the slogan "STOP Brutal genocide on Rohingya Muslims". The placard also carried the name of the organisation called "ISLAMI SHASANTANTRA CHATRA ANDOLAN" which is the student wing of 'IslamiAndolan Bangladesh' political party.

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This student wing has posted the protest video on its YouTube channel ISCA BD on September 13, 2017.

Upon keyword search,NewsMeter came across a news report by Dhaka Tribune published on September 13, 2017. The report stated that "Police have foiled the march of Islami Andolon Bangladesh towards the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka demanding an end to the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state. As per the previous declaration, thousands of supporters of the Islamist party started their protest march from Baitul Mukarram National Mosque around 12.30 pm on Wednesday."

This claim has been previously fact-checked by Boomlive and others.

Finally, the video is NOT from West Bengal as claimed on social media but related to 2017 protest march in Bangladesh.

Claim Review:Rally held in West Bengal
Claimed By:social media users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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