Fact Check: Did the ongoing Gaza war spark a huge protest in Hamburg, Germany?

Fact Check: Did the ongoing Gaza war spark a huge protest in Hamburg, Germany?

A video has been going viral on X (formerly Twitter) and other social networking platforms showing hundreds of thousands people gathering in the city Hamburg, with claims that the protest is against the ongoing war in Gaza with captions as “Hamburg,  #Germany.  Because even the Germans do not accept the #GazaHoloucast !”

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Fact Check

Upon investigation, however, via reverse image search from the snippets of the video, Times Headline found that the video shows Protests against the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD). We found a report by Al Jazeera dated Jan 21, 2024. The report mentioned that , “Protests against the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) are gaining momentum in the European Union nation in the wake of a report that two senior party members joined a November meeting in Berlin, where planned mass deportation of citizens of foreign origin was discussed.”

Al Jazeera

Few other sources show protesters with banners that read “Nazis, no thank you”, “It feels like 1933, AfD ban now!” and more.

Guardian

An “undisclosed” meeting near Berlin, with a proposal of deporting millions of immigrants and refugees, including some with German citizenship is what triggered this mass agitation.

The news of protests spread widely through Germany, only a few months before three significant regional elections in eastern Germany.

Conclusion

Therefore, it is confirmed by Times Headline that the viral video showing protest against the Gaza war is in fact a protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD). Thus, it lies the news is misleading.

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