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Video does not show Muslims rallying for “Sharia rights” in New York City

April 11, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Video footage said to show Muslims rallying in New York City demanding their “Sharia rights.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A video circulating on social media that claims to show Muslims in New York rallying for Sharia law has been falsely captioned.

THE FACTS: The footage was taken during the March 24 “United Against Islamophobia” rally in Times Square. Muslim leaders and allies held the march to combat Islamophobia and show solidarity following the mosque attacks in New Zealand, where at least 50 people were killed on March 15. Hossam Gamea, outreach director for Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York, one of the organizers of the event, confirmed to The Associated Press that the footage showed the Sunday rally against Islamophobia.

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