Fact Check: Does viral image show anti-Pakistani graffiti from recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan?

The claim is misleading. The viral image is old and from Dublin.
(Social media screenshot)
(Social media screenshot)

Clashed erupted between the Kyrgyz people and Pakistanis on May 17, 2024, in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Against this backdrop, an image (trigger warning: hateful language) of an anti-Pakistan slogan written on a wall is being widely shared on social media.

The caption associated with the image suggests that the anti-racist remark was drawn on the wall during the recent clash.

A social media user shared the image with a caption that reads, “No one likes Pakistanis, this is written all over hostels and apartments in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (sic).”

A similar post can be seen here and here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim is misleading. The viral image is old and it is from Dublin.

On doing a Google reverse image search, we found the same image uploaded on the website The Journal on November 12, 2013. The image was published in the form of slides on the website. The report associated with the image suggested a halal food store was ransacked in Dublin and the property was damaged. Moreover, racist slurs were also scrawled on the walls of the establishment.

The same image was also published on a blog. The report suggested that Al-Minnah Foods, a halal food store in Cookstown Industrial Estate, was ransacked by some miscreants in Dublin. Moreover, graffiti, including the words ‘Pakis out’ were there on white walls in the store.

Hence, we can conclude that the viral image is old and unrelated to recent issues in Kyrgyzstan.

Related Stories

No stories found.
South Check