Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Britain First Video Shared By Donald Trump Is Fake News

Today the President of the US, Donald Trump, retweeted three videos by the deputy leader of far right anti-Muslim group Britain First.

Trump sent anti-Muslim messages from right-wing group's deputy leader Jayda Fransen out to his 43.5 million followers.

The first video claimed to show a “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”

The truth – No Muslim migrant

De Telegraaf, regarded as one of the largest Dutch daily morning newspapers, referred to the same video in May 13th 2017. There is no mention of any ‘Muslim migrant’ as Fransen stated.

The story (which can be found here), stated that:

“A 16-year-old boy from Edam-Volendam was arrested Saturday morning in his home town… suspected of mistreating a boy on crutches.”

The police had launched an investigation after the video of the incident had appeared on the site, according to a spokeswoman for the police.

A sixteen-year-old boy who made the film was also arrested. De Telegraaf stated that he was from Monnickendam.

What we can gather is that there is no indication of whether the perpetrators were Muslim, or migrants. What we do know is that the perpetrators were Dutch.

Right-wing groups have a history of sharing false information and stories to promote hate. Britain First have done this many times as can be seen here and here.

According to the Mirror, Fransen was arrested last week in London, in connection with a speech she made in Belfast over the summer. She is currently on bail over four counts of racially aggravated harassment over things she said during a court case in Kent.

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