Disinfo: Afghan migrant pushes German woman just for fun

Summary

A video shows how an Afghan migrant kicks a German woman and rolls her down a staircase just to have fun. Let us be understanding, have tolerance and everything.

Disproof

The uploaded video has 12 thousand views and 255 shares (As of March 1, 2018) and caused xenophobic and anti-Western comments among the users of the social network. The incident took place in Berlin on 27th October 2016. The act of violence was recorded by the video surveillance system installed throughout the metro station, upon which the Berlin police launched an investigation.

On December 17, 2016, German "Deutsche Welle" reported that the Berlin Police had apprehended the crime-suspect. According to the Bulgarian newspaper "Nova", the attacker was from Varna, Bulgaria and was a construction worker in Berlin. In addition, he was convicted of stealing, robbery and hooliganism in the past.

According to The Guardian, the attacker was 27-year-old Svetoslav Stoyikov, who was arrested at a bus station in Berlin. The man was given two years and 11 months in jail for grievous bodily harm. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/videomanipulation-georgian-force-if-afghan-migrant-pushing-german-woman-down-staircase, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 100
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Germany, Georgia
  • Keywords: fake news, Migration crisis
  • Outlet: "Georgian Force" (Kartuli Dzala) Facebook page
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Visa liberalisation has raised the terrorism threat and forces Georgians to leave their country

About 35,000 people left Georgia. We are not arguing about numbers, as some mention 30,000. Double that number of Iraqis and Syrians arrived from the Asian countries, where the terrorism threat is high. These people establish themselves in our country, in our motherland, where a Georgian could not find happiness. Georgians could not find happiness in Adjara, where Turks have been given everything… Then, Georgians could not find happiness in Kakheti, too, where Iranians are dominant instead of Georgians, who can also develop business, process land and create production. Georgians, thus, leave their homes and it directly relates with visa liberalization and all this process, because people are leaving our country.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation about the visa liberalisation with the EU euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=visa+liberalisation&disinfo_issue=&date=, . Since the enactment of visa liberalization (March 28, 2017) until October 20, 2017, in total, 160,000 citizens of Georgia benefitted from visa-free travel. After the expiration of the 90-day term, up to 10,000 citizens did not return to Georgia. This number does not encompass merely those citizens who chose to stay illegally. It also includes those, who:

  1. Own a residence permit in one of the EU countries or a double nationality;
  2. Received the right of a prolonged stay in one of the EU countries after benefitting from the visa free travel (i.e. students, asylum-seekers);
  3. Travelled from the EU countries to third countries (i.e. Ukraine, Belarus) and did not return to Georgia from the latter.

Moreover, the visa liberalization topic is often connected to a false claim that it will empty the country and lead it into a demographic catastrophe. Discussing the visa-free travel in Schengen zone countries from the demographic perspective is manipulative, as visa liberalization for Georgia only concerns short-term visits to European countries, not free movement of workers. No links to increased risk of terrorism is being proven. Further debunking by Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/two-lies-irma-inashvili-about-visa-liberalization-and-georgian-farmers, .

Crimea and Sevastopol were returned to Russia in March 2014 after a referendum

Crimea and Sevastopol were returned to Russia in March 2014 after a referendum. // US and the EU should think about imposing “psychiatric sanctions” on Ukraine.
Disproof

Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

There are no "psychiatric sanctions".