“Pray for our brothers and sisters,” the post reads.
The video has been shared on Twitter and elsewhere on Facebook, with users saying it shows a Kenyan couple in a fistfight with a Chinese couple in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Another post says the incident took place in Guangzhou, a city in southern China. In April reports emerged that Africans living in the city had become targets of suspicion, distrust and racism.
Is the video an example of this discrimination?
Video used out of context
A reverse image search of a frame from the video shows it was posted online as early as March 2020, weeks before the first reports of Africans experiencing discrimination in China surfaced.
And an investigation by AFP Fact Check revealed that the video was not filmed in Wuhan or Guangzhou, but in the US city of New York.
Several visual clues helped locate the video to the city’s Bronx district. They include a sign on a storefront, graffiti on a green garage door, a tree at the edge of the road and a fire hydrant.
These elements are all visible in the Google street view of 565 on 184th street in New York
The details of why the fight broke out are unclear but the video circulating on social media is being used out of context. – Africa Check
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