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WHITE HELMETS: The ‘Mannequin Challenge’, A Publicity Stunt that Backfired? Vanessa Beeley talks to RT


21st Century Wire says…

In a flurry of social media activity the White Helmet #MannequinChallenge video, published at RFS (Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media), was taken down and put back up.  Related Twitter accounts were closed and re-opened and there was a general sense of impending doom from the White Helmet supporters such as Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins who bases much of his “evidence” for Bellingcat’s “expert” reports on the information given to him by the White Helmet brigades of film-makers and highly suspect first responder units.


Vanessa Beeley, an investigative journalist, specialising in exposing the White Helmets as a multi-million dollar NATO & Gulf State funded, terrorist-linked, fraudulently named, alleged first responder NGO, spoke with RT last night about this bizarre event. Watch:


SEE ALSO: WATCH White Helmets Fake “Rag Doll” Rescue Video

The following is taken from an article by RT that tries to examine the reasoning behind the White Helmet stunt that seems to have stupendously backfired on them, causing widespread doubt, even among diehard supporters, as to the veracity of their much edited, slick video reports that are used by the NATO-aligned media to support arguments for No Fly Zones and escalated military intervention in Syria:

‘WTF White Helmets’: Bizarre ‘mannequin challenge’ in Syrian war zone

“A video that appears to show members of Syria’s White Helmets partaking in the popular “Mannequin Challenge” with an injured man is causing confusion online after going viral.

With over 200,000 views on Facebook the video has left many bewildered as to its authenticity. Two men wearing the logo of the White Helmets, a western-funded civil defense network in Syria, are filmed in a frozen pose along with the man, whose legs are covered by debris.

Similar to the popular online craze in which participants remain still throughout the video, the camera spins around the scene with the three men featured not moving. Unlike the viral trend, however, the men then suddenly break into movement as the man is removed from the rubble.

The video was first posted online by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS), an anti-Assad media outlet. #MannequinChallenge was in the video’s title along with “edge of death.”

The audio track used in the first 24 seconds of the video differs from the natural sounds heard after that point with multiple voices and sirens audible.

The RFS has not revealed the location where the video was filmed, nor the date it was recorded.

Comments on Twitter claimed the video as proof that the White Helmets are “pure theatre,” with one user saying “don’t know if they deserve the Nobel prize or an oscar.”

The video was not shared on the White Helmets’ social media pages and has since been removed from RFS social media.

The video further fuels suspicion around the already questionable credibility of the organization, independent researcher and journalist Vanessa Beeley told RT, since the “extraordinary soundtrack” and makeup look exactly the same as in the arguably “real videos” from the White Helmets.

“It’s an extraordinary claim to make [out] that it’s a mannequin challenge. This video went out and it had a hashtag #MannequinChallenge. However, it’s a little bit unusual compared to some other mannequin challenges, that I’ve just been quickly looking at in the sense that yes, they are immobile, yes they’re not moving,” Beeley told RT.

“But then we have this extraordinary soundtrack that kicks in. So it’s not only they start moving, we have the whole soundtrack of the bombs falling, the screams and the so on. And what we’re now seeing, whatever reason the White Helmets had for doing this extraordinary event, we’ve seen a reaction that I believe … massively backfired on them.”

Besides that, the whole ‘mannequin challenge’ idea in the combat zone is highly inappropriate and contradicts the heroic portrayal of the White Helmets in media.“Even [if] it was a ‘mannequin challenge’, it’s an extraordinary thing to do in the midst of a war zone. It’s a complete mockery of the suffering of the Syrian people right now under attack from the terrorist and militant factions,” Beeley added.

READ MORE: Syrian White Helmets a ‘terrorist support group & Western propaganda tool’

Controversy surrounds the organization which Vanessa Beeley previously called “a fraudulent shadow-state construct created by NATO to simply propagate the propaganda that will demonize Assad’s government and also demonize Russian legal intervention in Syria.”

The organization, which claims to be “non-governmental” and “neutral,” admitted to RT that their funding comes from several western states including the US, UK and Germany.

RT contacted RFS for comment on the video but no response has yet been received.”

21st Century Wire special contributor, Shawn Helton also covered this extraordinary video release by the White Helmets who are not strangers to accusations of fake videos. Are we seeing the White Helmets entering the risky twilight zone of pretending to be pretending to rescue a fake victim from fake rubble?

UNCLOAKED: White Helmets Rescue Crisis Actor in ‘Mannequin Challenge’ Fakery

Here is the original video that was downloaded prior to RFS removing it from their website and then re-posting. Watch:

Question: Why would a supposed “search and rescue” organisation operating in a supposed war zone have the time play around, staging an elaborate “Mannequin Challenge” video production?

Evidence: UK Foreign Office Funding Terrorists in Syria:
White Helmets & ‘Local Councils’ – Is UK FCO Financing Terrorism in Syria?

Vanessa Beeley:
WHITE HELMETS: State Sanctioned Terrorism and Hollywood Poster Boys for War

21st Century Wire:
New Report Destroys Fabricated Myth of Syria’s ‘White Helmets’

Initial Investigation into White Helmets:
Who are Syria’s White Helmets?

21st Century Wire article on the White Helmets:  
Syria’s White Helmets: War by Way of Deception ~ the “Moderate” Executioners

Who Funds the White Helmets?
Secret £1bn UK War Chest Used to Fund the White Helmets and Other ‘Initiatives’

Original investigative report:
The REAL Syria Civil Defence Exposes Fake White Helmets as Terrorist-Linked Imposters 

Irish Peace Prize Farce
Tipperary’s White Helmets Peace Prize: A Judas Kiss to the Antiwar Movement and Syria

White Helmets Executions
WHITE HELMETS: Severed Heads of Syrian Arab Army Soldiers Paraded as Trophies

CNN Fabricate News About the White Helmets
A NOBEL LIE: CNN’s Claim That ‘White Helmets Center in Damascus’ Was Hit by a Barrel Bomb

White Helmets Links to Al Nusra
WHITE HELMETS: Hand in Hand with Al Qaeda and Extremist Child Beheaders in Aleppo

Report by Patrick Henningsen
AN INTRODUCTION: Smart Power & The Human Rights Industrial Complex

Open Letter by Vanessa Beeley
White Helmets Campaign for War NOT Peace – Retract RLA & Nobel Peace Prize Nominations

Staged Rescue Videos
(VIDEO) White Helmets: Miraculous ‘Rag Doll Rescue’

White Helmets Oscar Award Farce:
Forget Oscar: Give The White Helmets the Leni Riefenstahl Award for Best War Propaganda Film

Cory Morningstar report:
Investigation into the funding sources of the White Helmets, including Avaaz, Purpose, The Syria Campaign

Open letter to Canadian MPs from Stop the War Hamilton (Canada):
Letter from the Hamilton Coalition to Stop War to the New Democratic Party in Canada ref the White Helmet nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize:

Open letter to Canada’s NDP Leader on Nobel Prize:
Letter to NDP from Prof. John Ryan protesting White Helmet nomination for RLA and Nobel Peace Prize

SEE ALSO: WHITE HELMETS: State Sanctioned Terrorism & Hollywood’s Poster Boys


READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files




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