A video is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it shows the situation in the old city (Hyderabad) today during the lockdown (27 March 2020). The video is being shared to show that Muslims have disobeyed the lockdown orders and gathered in large numbers in old city. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.
Claim: Situation in the old city (Hyderabad) today despite the lockdown.
Fact: The video is an old one. It was not taken during the current lockdown. Also, today’s Friday prayer at Mecca Masjid was conducted with only a few members. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When the screenshots of the video were run through the Google Reverse Image Search, a similar video was found in the search results. The video was uploaded on 20 December 2019 and had the title – ‘Protests against #CAA_#NRC near Charminar, Makkah Masjid, Hyderabad after Juma prayer’. So, the video was not taken during the current lockdown.
Also, no such protest was held in the old city today. Today’s Friday prayer at Mecca Masjid was conducted with only a few members to avoid the spread of COVID-19. People were asked to offer prayers from their respective homes. The videos related to today’s situation in the old city can be watched here and here.
To sum it up, an old protest video falsely shared as ‘Situation in the old city (Hyderabad) today’.
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