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Video from Hong Kong shared as Police brutality on suspected COVID-19 patients in China

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A video is being widely shared with the claim that it shows Police in China taking into custoday suspected COVID-19 patients in the country. Let’s check the authenticity of that claim made in the post.

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Claim: Video of Police in China taking into control suspected COVID-19 patients in the country.

Fact: The video shows Police in Hong Kong taking into control demonstrators who were protesting against the introduction of a controversial bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. So, the claim isFALSE.  

When keyframes of the video were run through reverse image search, search results were obtained about clashes between Police and protestors in Hong Kong. As per the article in ‘The Guardian’, the incident in the video is part of the clashes that broke out between the Hong Kong Police and the demonstrators who were protesting against a controversial bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The video shows Police arresting the demonstrators who were vandalizing a Mass Transit Railway station ‘Prince Edward’ in August 2019. The same information can also be seen in the article of ‘BBC’.

The novel Coronavirus was first reported in the last week of December 2019. So, the video is of an incident that took place 3 months before the outbreak of Coronavirus in China. 

To sum it up, a video showing Hong Kong Police crackdown on the protestors is being shared as Police taking suspected COVID-19 patients into control in China.

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