Disinfo: White Helmets use COVID-19 crisis to further US coalition regime change agenda in Syria

Summary

White Helmets use COVID-19 crisis to further US coalition regime change agenda in Syria. The White Helmet ‘coronavirus campaign’ is a cynical exploitation of the pandemic to weaponize it against the Syrian government. The Al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets group have sprung into action to defend the sanctions regime and to effectively condemn the huge majority of Syrian people to further misery should the pandemic take hold in Syria. If the White Helmets were anything other than an extremist, propaganda construct implementing the US Coalition “regime change” policy against Syria, they would have demanded a ban on sanctions to enable the country to collectively deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the White Helmets, opportunistically using the coronavirus crisis to spread the usual disinformation narratives about the humanitarian organisation. The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting the White Helmets aims to deflect blame for chemical attacks away from the Assad regime; to discredit the OPCW, and to label the White Helmets as terrorists or as accomplices of terrorist organizations by staging and/or perpetrating chemical attacks, sometimes with the help of Western intelligence agencies. None of these claims are supported by evidence. The White Helmets movement originated in Syria in 2012. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated airstrikes. Activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by OPCW. Because of this, they have become the target of an extensive pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. Read previous disinformation claims alleging that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets, and that the chemical attacks in Syria have been staged and filmed by the media of the Western countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2020
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Country: Syria, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, White Helmets, Sanctions, Conspiracy theory, Syrian War
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The COVID-19 outbreak is a pretext to gain control of the world’s population

Those who control the money scheme to control the world. To do that, they need to assume control over the population of the planet. 7 billions 785 million people live at the planet right now. Those need to be controlled, excluding the “golden million” – the owners of the money and their families. If we conclude that the coronavirus pandemic is a Specials forces operation, launched by those who control the money, than one of its goals is to achieve a hundred percent control of the planet’s population. [—-] Big Pharma has already started to use a new type of vaccines, using nano technology. Using this technology it has become possible to inject nano-microchips, the site of a dust particle.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders. COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths (with 5,476 only in Italy) by 23 March 2020. See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus here.

UN expert: COVID-19 is an American "witches' brew"

Former UN expert said that the COVID-19 virus was created by the US in 2015. Virus-related research is going on in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which is allegedly similar to the Japanese WWII unit labelled 731, used to experiment with biological weapons. The Chinese state-run Global Times notes that the US is working on similar experiments in the Walter Reed Center, where the COVID-19 was born. Chinese authorities officially announced that the virus is of American origin, which is proven by the fact that the US launched an information war on China to emphasize that “anything bad originates from China.” The expert said that the Chinese do not have definitive proof, but “indirect facts indicate that the US has something to do with the creation of bacterial weapon.” One proof is that CDC head told the House of Representatives that in some autopsies in the US, they believed the patient died of the flu, but it was later found that they died of the coronavirus. Allegedly, this signals that the “zero patient” was from the US. The Chinese think that the US delegation sent to partake in the International Army Games in Wuhan was responsible for carrying the virus to China.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia. Reference to a commentator who is usually presented as a former inspector of the UN Commission on Chemical, Bacteriological and Biological Weapons. In this case, he is presented as a UN expert. According to Russian website “the Insider”, he has no connection with the UN. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially in a laboratory as a weapon of mass destruction. A group of public health scientists have condemned rumours and conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus outbreak: "We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin." The authors of The Lancetstatement note that scientists from several countries who have studied SARS-CoV-2 “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife", just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans. There are numerous similar disinformation cases about coronavirus claiming that coronavirus was created in a laboratory, or that it is an Anglo-Saxon biological warning, a US provocation against China, a tool to weaken the Chinese economy, and an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China. Additionally, there is no evidence that the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was conducting experiments on biological weapons, and especially not ones similar to the abuses committed by Unit 731. On a hearing on COVID-19 in the House, Robert Redfield did admit that some influenza deaths were the results of a COVID-19 infection, but he did not say when these misdiagnoses occurred; thus, there is no proof that the so-called "zero patient" was in the United States.

Ukrainian police desperate to catch hundreds of people possibly infected with coronavirus

In Kyiv, police tried catching hundreds of people who might be infected with coronavirus. On March 24, a train from Riga arrived in the Ukrainian capital. There were around 700 passengers in the train and many of them had a fever. The police cordoned off the platform and the doctors were prepared to take people to the hospital, but passengers rushed around the corner to the exit

Disproof

Disinformation surrounding the coronavirus. The Security Service of Ukraine said that all passengers from the Riga-Kyiv train underwent a temperature screening. The health conditions of 5 passengers raised additional questions from the doctors, so they did rapid tests for coronavirus infection. However, the results of the express tests were negative," the SSU noted. In addition, the Security Service of Ukraine noted that all evacuated passengers signed an agreement to self-isolate and their health will be monitored.