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Video from Romania falsely shared as French Police action on Muslims for not wearing a mask

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A video is being shared on social media claiming that Muslims without masks in the Paris Metro station are arrested by the France police. In the post, it claims that the French Police assaulted Muslims for spitting on other passengers in the metro train. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Video of French police assaulting Muslims for not wearing the Mask and spitting on other passengers.

Fact: This incident took place in Romania, not in France. Romanian police arrested a group of violent football team supporters on charges of assaulting the police personnel. Romanian police also seized illegal weapons from them. This video has nothing to do with the French police. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of screenshots in the video, similar visuals were found in the videos shared in news articles published by many news websites during October 2020. In the article published by ‘DIGI 24’ news website, it is mentioned that this incident took place at Bucharest city in Romania. It is mentioned in the article that Romanian police arrested a group of violent football team supporters on charges of assaulting the police personnel who are in charge of managing the crowd at a football match. It is also reported that these arrested fans wore smoke guns with several knives which were seized by the Romanian police. Other articles about this incident can be seen here and here.

Romanian officials made social media posts about this incident which can be seen here and here. On comparing the ‘Stefan cel Mare’ metro station visuals, we could confirm that the train visuals in the video match with the Bucharest metro trains. Photos of the metro station can be seen here and here. There is no information about the religion of the violent supporters arrested in this incident.

To sum it up, an incident of police arresting youth in a metro station in Romania on charges of assaulting the police personnel is shared as the French Police attack on muslims for not wearing a mask in Metro Rail.

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