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Nothing brings the holiday season to life quite like a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
However, not everyone seems to be keen on the idea of a decorated tree, or Christmas for that matter.
On December 14, the Facebook page “Deplorable Inc.” posted a video showing what it claims to be ‘Muslim migrants’ desecrating a Christmas tree. The video shows a group of young men violently shaking the tree until of falls flat on the floor.
Video Of Alleged Muslim Migrants Shared Over 30,000 Times On Facebook
Having accomplished their initial goal of bringing the tree down, the group then attempted to move the tree. However, due to its size, they were unable to do so. The video has been shared over 30,000 times on Facebook with many people expressing their outrage over the incident.
The vandalism allegedly happened in Italy where there has been a huge influx of migrants in recent months. But are migrants really behind the incident or is this another attempt to stir anti-Muslim sentiment?
Unfortunately, it is the latter as the video was revealed to have been originally taken back in 2015. The incident happened in Galleria Umberto in Naples where a group of young men attempted to steal the Christmas tree in what has become “a sad Christmas tradition”.
The Vandalism Has Been A “Sad Christmas Tradition”
According to Napoli Repubblica, the incident has happened several times before with the tree later found in the neighboring Spanish Quarter. It has been cut to pieces to be used in bonfires which have been customary to the feast of St. Anthony Abbot.
There have been no reports regarding the religious beliefs of the culprits. However, given that they are participating in a feast named after a Christian icon, it would be safe to assume that these men have no Islamic Background. Clearly, the video is only a product of a hoax.
The allegations that Muslim migrants are behind a vandalism that did not happen serves only to further negative views against Islam. Similar stories have appeared online claiming that Muslims were also desecrating trees in Egypt back in November. People are urged not to fall quickly to these fake stories and do their own research before coming to conclusions.