A video of a man disrupting a church service to call for Britain to formally apologise for its part in the slave trade has been mistaken by some social media users as being filmed at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
Thousands of people have viewed the footage posted to Facebook and Twitter on Sept. 20, the day after the queen was laid to rest (here ) (here ). It shows a shortened clip from an unidentified news broadcast of a disturbance during a service at Westminster Abbey, London, in which a man is escorted from the premises while shouting: “You are a disgrace.”
According to the newscaster’s voiceover, the man, Toyin Agbetu, had been “standing a few yards from the queen” when he “demanded that Britain issue a formal apology for its part in the slave trade”.
On Facebook, the video was captioned: “Queen Elizabeth II Funeral: An African Leader stood up and demanded Britain to issue a formal apology,” while on Twitter, one user described Agbetu as “the only person who represented me in the funeral”.
However, the video was not filmed during the queen’s funeral service on Sept. 19. It was captured in 2007 and shows Agbetu interrupting an event held to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act (here ) .
The full BBC broadcast report from which the clip was taken can be seen here .
The queen, her husband Prince Philip, and then prime minister Tony Blair are seen in attendance.
Writing in The Guardian a few days after the 2007 incident, Agbetu said: “I was moved to make a collective voice heard at the commemorative ritual of appeasement and self-approval marking the bicentenary of the British parliamentary act to abolish what they disingenuously refer to as a ‘slave trade’” (here ).
Miscaptioned. The video was captured in 2007, not during the queen’s funeral in 2022.
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