Saudi Arabia People Protest Against Modi Showing Shoes: Fact Check


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Saudi Arabia People Protest Against Modi Showing Shoes

Story:

People in Saudi Arabia showed Shoes and Slippers in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Triple Talaq and other atrocities on Muslims in India.

Other Versions

Protest against Indian Prime Minister Modi in Kuwait

(Hindi)
सऊदी अरब में मोदी के खिलाफ जूते चप्पल के साथ सड़कों पर उतरे लोग हिंदुस्तान के मुस्लिमों के साथ हो रहे अत्त्याचार ओर 3 तलाक़ के बहाने शरीयत के साथ छेड़छाड़ की कोशिश के विरोध में मोदी के पोस्टर को दिखाए जूते चप्पल

Fact Check:

A picture message doing rounds on social media purports to show people in Saudi Arabia showed Shoes and Slippers in protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reasons they mention is Modi government’s take over Triple Talaq and other atrocities on Muslims in India. No, the claims are not true – the accompanying image is Photoshopped.

Not Showing Shoes to Modi in Saudi Arabia Protest

The picture messages in question appeared on social media platforms earlier also in 2018, on Facebook, Twitter and others. The stories garnered importance amidst Modi’s frequent visits to foreign nations like UAE and United States. On the other hand, the controversial Triple Talaq (instant divorce) became illegal in India on 1st August 2019.

Coming to the story in question, there are no credible reports of any such protest against Modi in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, the image of protest showing people holding placards with Modi pictures on them is not real. It is a Photoshop making from an old incident in Kuwait back in December 2016. Not Indian PM Narendra Modi, the placard in fact had a picture of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Original picture of protest in Kuwait against Russian embassy
Original picture of protest in Kuwait against Russian embassy

A number of Kuwait citizens, including MPs, gathered in front of the embassies area along Gulf Street in protest against the war in Aleppo. Like shown in original image, they also raised their shoes towards the Russian Embassy as a sign of protest.

So, the messages claiming to show Saudi Arabians protested against Modi showing shoes are just fabrications. In contrast to the claims, some Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia (in April 2016), UAE, Bahrain and Afghanistan honored Modi with their highest civilian award.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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