Watch what happened when a guy posted this photo to a ‘patriotic’ group on Facebook. The public reactions got completely out of control…
‘What happens when you upload a picture of some empty seats in (a patriotic) group on Facebook and almost everyone thinks they see a bunch of burqas?😳’
A Norwegian anti-immigrant group mistook a picture on social media of six empty bus seats for a group of women in burqas. According to Norwegian media, members of a closed group Fedrelandet viktigst, or “Fatherland first”, has expressed their anger by calling the image ‘terrifying’, ‘tragic’ and simply ‘disgusting’.
Their voices added up to an anger outbreak in another patriotic group for people ‘“who love Norway and appreciate what our ancestors fought for’.
Its members wondered if the non-existent passengers could carry bombs and called them ‘terrorists’.
According to thelocal.no, the comments read: ‘Ghastly. This should never happen,’ ‘Islam is and always will be a curse,’ ‘Get them out of our country – frightening times we are living in,’ and: ‘I thought it would be like this in the year 2050, but it is happening NOW’.
Sindre Beyer, a former Labour party MP told Nettavisen website: “I’m shocked at how much hate and fake news is spread (on the Fedrelandet viktigst Facebook page).
So much hatred against empty bus seats certainly shows that prejudice wins out over wisdom.”
Rune Berglund Steen, the head of Norway’s Antiracist Centre, told Nettavisen that people merely ‘see what they want to see – and what these people want to see are dangerous Muslims.’
Many members of the patriotic groups believe that the reaction to the bus seats is an evidence of ‘Islamisation’ of the country, even though not everyone from the group shared this common opinion.
Norway followed France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and the German’s Bavaria in prohibiting burqas and niqabs in public places.
Recently two Muslim women in Belgium have lost their challenge to a ban imposed in the country in 2011. The European Court of Human Rights dismissed their claims that their rights to a private life, freedom of religion and expression had been breached.
The gaffe was laughed at and widely ridiculed by many social media users.
Help, they are everywhere!
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Saw what you wanted
…so many saw, what they wanted to see..
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