Fact Check: Video from Indonesia Viral as Chinese Officer Beating a Man for Keeping Quran at Home

A video is being shared on social media showing few men in uniform thrashing a person. It is claimed that a Chinese officer is beating a man from the Uighurs community for keeping a copy of the Quran at his home.

“This is a Chinese officer beating a Muslim for having a copy of the Quran in his house! Everyone send this out, so the world knows what is happening in East Turkistan,” the caption reads.

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

Putting the keyframes of the video through Reverse Image Search, we found links to multiple YouTube channels that had uploaded the same video in 2017. The videos can be seen here, here and here.

One of the headlines reads: ‘Begal beaten by the TNI’.

Running a keyword search on ‘TNI Indonesia’, we found that TNI stands for Tentara Nasional Indonesia. It consists of Army (TNI-AD), Navy (TNI-AL), and Air Force (TNI-AU). On examining the video carefully, we notice ‘PKD’ written on the safety helmet of the man in blue uniform.

We searched and found that PKD stands for Petugas Keamanan Dalam, a security unit in Indonesia.

We also found several articles from 2017 on Indonesian websites, featuring the same video.

Also, a tweet by Lijian Zhao, Deputy Director-General, Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, dated January 3, 2019, states that the video is not from China and its claim is false.

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the video is from Indonesia, NOT China.

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