The alt right claimed Muslims were marching for sharia law in England. They weren't

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A video of a Muslim religious procession has been widely shared after the alt right claimed it was a march for Sharia Law in England.

The footage shows a religious walk on Ashura, a day of mourning observed by Muslims on the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic calendar - in this case on 12 October 2016.

For Shia Muslims, the day also commemorates the death of Imam al-Hussein at the Battle of Karbala.

The footage was repurposed by right wing commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovitch, whereupon it received millions of views and hundreds of negative and concerned comments.

Picture:Picture: Facebook/Screengrab

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Given the large Muslim population in Bradford, these processions happen yearly.

Bradford in particular has received attention for its Muslim population from anti-Muslim organisations such as the EDL and Britain First.

Anonymous threatening letters were posted to Muslims in the area in August this year and police have launched a hate crime investigation.

The letters read:

We are now going to do acid attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square & Bradford & other places.

HT Snopes

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