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Social media accounts and pages published a video showing policemen beating a person. The video publishers claimed that it depicts the recent attack by the French police on Muslims in France, but this claim is incorrect, and the video circulating is old and was recorded in Britain.
Najm al-Najm Thursday 29th October 2020
Accounts and pages on social media circulated a video showing a group of policemen beating a person. Some accounts that published the video claimed that it depicted the French police attacking Muslims, while others argued that the person being abused is the imam of a mosque.
The video mentioned above was widely spread on social networking sites, where it was published by dozens of accounts and pages and garnered thousands of shares. You can see a sample of the accounts and pages that posted the video here, here, here, here and here.
Verify-Sy tracked the published video to verify its authenticity and to verify the allegations made about it.
After the search, it became clear that the video did not depict the French police's assault on a Muslim person, and that it was old and spread about a year and a half before the recent events in France.
The video spread on Twitter after journalist CJ Werleman posted it on March 10, 2019, commenting: "Six Humberside Police Officers (UK) have been arrested for carrying out this vicious attack on a British Muslim man."
This video sparked controversy in Britain at the time and was covered by several foreign and Arab media outlets, including (HuffingtonPost), (BBC) and (Araby 21).