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Bus Seats or Burqas? Group Mistakes Empty Seats for Muslim Garb

Image: Bus Seats or Burqas? Group Mistakes Empty Seats for Muslim Garb
(Screengrab of Facebook post)

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 10:47 AM

A photo of empty bus seats mistaken for women wearing burqas in Norway led to a heated discussion on social media about immigration there and then ridicule of the group that posted it.

The anti-immigration group Fedrelandet viktigst or "Fatherland First," posted the photo with the comments "tragic" and "terrifying" under the photo after members were told that grouping of six bus seats together were women in burqas, The Guardian reported.

Other members wrote, according to The Guardian, that they wondered if the supposed passengers were carrying bombs or weapons under their clothing.

"This looks really scary," one commenter said, according to The Guardian. "should be banned. You can't tell who's underneath. Could be terrorists."

The Washington Post reported that the comments went viral when another Facebook user, Sindre Beyer reposted the photo and wrote: "What happens when a photo of some empty bus seats is posted to a disgusting Facebook group and nearly everyone thinks they see a bunch of burqas?"

Beyer's images of the Fedrelandet viktigst" Facebook attracted more than 1,600 shares and almost 3,000 likes, mocking the anti-immigrant group's tone for its original comments.

Johan Slattavik, who initially posted the photographs to Fedrelandet viktigst, told WorldViews in a Facebook message that the picture was a "a little practical joke," and that "I ended up having a good laugh," the Post reported.

Many on social media commented negatively about those who fell for the stunt.

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