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Truth behind the viral picture showing French Teacher who was beheaded for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad

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An unrelated image of some members of the 'Good Chance' organization is being falsely shared to show an old photograph of French teacher Samuel Paty who was recently beheaded in France by a Moscow-born teenager for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad during a class about freedom of speech.

On October 16, in a shocking incident, a history teacher in France was beheaded for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad during a class discussion on free speech. The brutal killing has shocked the world.

Following this, an image is going viral on social media platforms in which some youth can be seen holding a placard. The placard reads, "Refugees are welcome". The picture is being shared with a claim that the French teacher Samuel Patty, who was brutally killed in Paris can also be seen in the picture welcoming refugees. 

BJP member Surendra Poonia shared the picture with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "The person standing in the middle in the photo is the same teacher beheaded by a Jihadi in Paris. A few years ago he was welcoming refugees coming to France but little did he know that the refugees will behead him. This is for those Liberals who want Rohingyas to settle in India."

This tweet has been retweeted over 4300 times. 

This image is being widely shared on Facebook with the same claim. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. In our investigation, we found that the person in the viral picture is not Samuel Patty. French teacher Patty was murdered in Paris on 16 October, but the viral picture has been taken in Kent, United Kingdom. This picture was posted a day after Patty's murder by an organization called "Good Chance". 

With the help of a reverse image search, we found that this picture was posted on October 17 by a Twitter user page named "Good Chance". The caption shared with the picture reads as, "Today the Good Chance team are in Folkestone to #WelcomeRefugees. The people of Kent are out in force at the Napier Barracks to let people know that they are WELCOME @_KRAN_"

When we analyzed the image, we saw a police van in the background reads “Kent Police” and the placard carries a logo of ‘Good Chance’, a community based out of the UK that empowers artists through theatre and art.

With the help of relevant keyword searches, we found that many UK news websites had published news about the incident on the same day.

According to KentLive report, “Hundreds of people lined the streets in Folkestone to welcome refugees today (October 17). Asylum seekers are currently being housed at Napier Barracks following their arrival in the UK. Supporters gathered from around 11 am and then held up signs, played music, danced, and called out to the residents at the camp.”

In conclusion, an unrelated image of some members of the 'Good Chance' organization is being falsely shared to show an old photograph of French teacher Samuel Paty who was recently beheaded in France by a Moscow-born teenager for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad during a class about freedom of speech.

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