After 36 soldiers killed in Idlib, there were marches in some cities. The video, shared as one of these marches, was claimed to be held in different cities such as Ankara, İstanbul and Bursa. One of the posts about it got more than 8,000 likes and more than 2,000 retweets.
The video offers some clues about where the video was taken. The signboard of “Japon Pazarı” (Japanese Market), tramline and red flag on which “koca” is written. The first two clues take us to the information that the video might be in Kayseri. The map images are examined for these two points, we see a real estate agency next to the Japon Pazarı.
The street views cannot be seen on Google maps or other map tools. So, Teyit reached Japon Pazarı and the real estate agency. Both sides confirmed that the video was taken in Kayseri and their region. The witnesses said the marchers did not shout the slogan, “Government, resign!”. When we watch the video carefully, we can hear the sentence, “Wake up İldem, protect your martyrs.”
The map shows the place where the march was held.
Japon Pazarı on the video and the photo of the street in the video.
The comparison for the building in the video.
There are some other videos about the march held on 28 February on YouTube.
In conclusion, the video was taken in Kayseri, not in İstanbul, Ankara or Bursa. There is not the slogan, “Government, resign!” in the video. The post in question is an example of a false connection.
Anadolu Agency, Türkiye Mehmetçik için tek yürek oldu, 28 February 2020
Telephone call with the real estate agency, 4 March 2020 Hour: 10.32
Google Maps, The area where the video was shot
Telephone call with the Japon Pazarı, 4 March Hour:10.51
YouTube, “İldem’de şehitler için yürüyüş”, 28 February 2020
YouTube, “Kayseri şehitler için yürüyüş”, 28 February 2020
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar