12 Aug 2022, 16:16
Update : 12 Aug 2022, 19:30

Reuters reveals anti-Bangladesh social media propaganda 

DHAKA, August 12, 2022 (BSS) - Social media users while discussing August 
fuel hike protests in Bangladesh have mistakenly shared unrelated footage 
from 2013, suggesting it is from 2022, said an article produced by the 
Reuters Fact Check team published on Thursday.

It said the video shows people looking at objects on fire in the street and 
launching projectiles, as well as police officers deploying tear gas.

"Bangladesh... protests and hard clashes have erupted in several cities after 
the government has decided to increase petrol prices by 51 percent and diesel 
by 42 percent effective midnight... Huge lines are reported at petrol 
stations all over Bangladesh," wrote one Twitter user who shared the video on 
August 7. 

The tweet has been liked thousands of times.

Another iteration on Facebook includes the caption: "BANGLADESH... protests 
and hard clashes have erupted in several cities after the government has 
decided to increase PETROL & DIESEL prices ..."

Bangladesh raised fuel prices by around 50 percent on August 6, a move that 
will trim the country's subsidy burden, the article said. 

Referring to a statement of the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, 
it added that the South Asian country's US$416 billion economy has been one 
of the fastest growing in the world for years. Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, 
price for petrol was increased by 51.2 percent to Taka 130 (US$1.38) per 
litre, 95-octane gasoline by 51.7 percent to Taka 135 and diesel and kerosene 
by 42.5 percent.

According to local media, people have indeed been protesting against the 
hike. However, a reverse image search shows that the video is not related to 
the 2022 demonstrations.

The video can be traced back to May 2013 and shows movement of hardline 
Islamists group Hefajat-e-Islam of that period.

The Twit and miscaptioned videos were also embedded with the Reuters article. 


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