Claim: Social media users have shared a video showing people purported to be French urinating on an African woman in front of a group of onlookers.
Verdict: Misleading. Investigations revealed that the video was a staged performance by Regina Jose Galindo in São Paulo, Brazil, in January 2013. The performance was to portray the challenging conditions faced by women working in Brazil’s demanding coal-mining industry.
X, formerly Twitter, users @e_ibie and @ali_naka has shared a video that shows people urinating on a woman. It has also been published by Facebook users.
The video has partly been captioned on both Twitter and Facebook: “This is the filth of France, the ugliest scandal of the twenty-first century!!! The inhuman and shocking scene of two men and a woman urinating on an African in one of the French villages, and the child, completely stripped of clothes, lying face down on the ground, while numbers of the French men and women, whose country has always shocked the world with the sophistication of their civilisation, are watching this obscene, dirty, and abnormal act, without any sign of intervention from any of them!!!”
“This was after the state of Mali expelled the French ambassador…. Africa must wake up to see the true, ugly face of France. We regret the ugliness and horror of the scene, but where are the human rights advocates in this? It is unfortunate that globally, Black Africans are associated with misfortune everywhere,” it concluded.
Similarly, X user @ali_naka has also published the video with a caption that says, “Anyone with information as to what’s happening here must get in touch”. His publication has garnered over 200,000 views, over 500 retweets and over 300 bookmarks.
The video, which is approximately two minutes in length, depicts a disturbing scene where individuals, both men and women, are shown taking turns to urinate on a naked woman, who is curled up on the ground within a circle of onlookers. The description of this video seemingly attempts to suggest that this incident reflects a callous side of France.
Due to the seriousness of the claim and its potential global and international implications, DUBAWA decided to investigate it.
We conducted a Yandex image search after the Invid Video Verification Tool generated frames from the video. The search revealed that the video was an art performance by Regina José Galindo on January 17, 2013, and not a depiction of real events.
Further investigation led the fact checker to a GIF website known as “makeagif,” which featured a visual excerpt from the viral videos along with a caption that read, “Performance: Piedra DE Regina JOSE GALINDO.” Our search also directed the fact checker to the full video on YouTube. However, it’s worth noting that this YouTube video had been removed due to a violation of the platform’s policies on nudity or sexual content.
The caption “Piedra DE Regina JOSE GALINDO” can be translated into English using Google Translate as “performed by Stone of Regina Jose Galindo.”
We also found a blog post published by the Hemispheric Institute. This blog described the scene as an art performance that took place at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. The blog provided a vivid description and explanation of the video, explaining that the woman subjected to the act of urination was covered in black coal.