Did African migrants just riot and destroy the historic Alcazar Library in Marseille, France?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : African Migrants Just Destroyed Alcazar Library!
People are sharing a video of the historical Alcazar Library burning, after being allegedly destroyed by African migrants who were rioting in France.
Some also claim that the video shows the National Library in Paris on fire, not the Alcazar library.
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Truth : African Migrants Did Not Destroy Alcazar Library!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and social media platforms like Twitter, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : People Were Rioting Over Nahel Merzouk
First, I should quickly point out that the June 2023 riots in France had nothing to do with migrants in France, whether they are African or otherwise.
People in France were not rioting over migrant rights, but rather, the death of Nahel Merzouk – a 17 year-old French youth of Moroccan and Algerian descent, who was shot and killed by the police in Nanterre on 27 June 2023.
That morning, two Paris Police Prefecture motorcycle police officers saw Nahel Merzouk driving a Mercedes-Benz A Class AMG with a Polish licence plate at high speed in a bus lane.
They tried to flag it down, but Nahel continued to flee, committing several traffic offences in the process. But he was eventually forced to stop due to traffic congestion.
That was when the two police officers got off their motorcycles and ordered him to turn off the engine. When Nahel started to pull away again, one of the police officers fire a shot at him because he claim Nahel was about to run him over. The car continued for a distance before crashing into street furniture.
However, a 50-second video was later released, showing that neither police officers were in danger of being run over by Nahel. A passenger in Nahel’s vehicle also testified that the police officer hit Merzouk with the butt of his gun several times, and the third buttstroke made Nahel release the brake pedal, causing the car to move forward as it was an automatic car.
Those revelations caused a great public outcry and outrage, that quickly turned into protests and riots in many parts of France.
Fact #2 : Rioters Attempted To Set Alcazar Library On Fire
On the night of Thursday, June 29, 2023, rioters attempted to set the Alcazar library in Marseille on fire. They broke some of its windows, and tried to set its entrance on fire.
However, the rioters did not succeed in entering the Alcazar library, or set it on fire. Its entrance was only lightly torched. It was boarded up the next day.
There is also no evidence that the rioters who tried to set the Alcazar library on fire were migrants, or Africans.
Fact #3 : Viral Video Is Of Manila Central Post Office Fire
The video that went viral on social media does not show the Alcazar Library on fire. Rather, the video showed the Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) which caught fire on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
The fire started in its basement at 11:41 PM that night, but firefighters had trouble controlling it. It was finally controlled at 7:22 AM on May 22, and finally put out at 6:33 AM the next day, on May 23, 2023.
18 persons were wounded in the incident – 16 firefighters, a fire volunteer, and a civilian. 300 million pesos worth of assets, including national identification cards were destroyed or damaged.
Even worse was the loss of the heritage building. The Manila Central Post Office was a 97 year-old building which was a “classic example of Western architecture that existed between two world wars“.
Fact #4 : French National Library Not On Fire Either
Claims that the video shows the French National Library in Paris on fire are also false.
Elodie Vincent, a spokesperson for Bibliothèque nationale de France, confirmed in an email that the French National Library was unharmed during the Nahel protests and riots.
I should also point out that the French National Library is the largest library in France, not the Alcazar Library.
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Fact #5 : This Is Just Another Fake Video
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