New Delhi: Pakistani-Canadian author Tarek Fatah, who is infamous for peddling fake news and circulating misinformation, Friday tweeted a video of a large gathering of Muslims chanting ‘Islam Zindabad’. He claimed that the video was from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.
“This is not Karachi, Kashmir or Kerala. No, this chant of “Islam Zindabad” is being raised in Kolkata, capital city of #MamataBanerjee-ruled #WestBengal !,” tweeted Fatah, who has almost 7 lakh followers on the microblogging site.
The video had garnered over 80,000 views, 4,000 retweets and 6,500 likes till the time of publishing this report.
The clip that Fatah tweeted is not from India but is in fact a three-year-old video from Bangladesh.
It is from a protest rally that took place in the capital city of Dhaka to block the Myanmar Embassy. The protest was against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar military.
The placards held by the people in the video reads “Stop brutal genocide of Rohingya Muslims”. The acronym ‘ISCA BD’ is also visible on the placards, which stands for Islami Shasontantra Chhatra Andolan — an organisation based in Bangladesh.
The uniform worn by the policemen in the video also belongs to the Bangladeshi police force, and the country’s national flag is visible in the background.
This is not the first time that Fatah, a columnist with Canadian daily Toronto Sun, has shared fake news and targeted Indian Muslims.
In January 2020, he tweeted a video of burqa-clad women dancing to Bollywood music, asking if it was from the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in Shaheen Bagh, even though there were several hints in the video that highlighting it was not from the protest. Fatah himself had shared the video once in 2017.
In 2019, he had shared a doctored image of a madrasa teacher instructing his students that Islam was superior to Hinduism. In the original photo, the blackboard had words written in Sanskrit and not in Urdu, and it was from a madrasa in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district.
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