The claim: A protestor demanded an apology from Britain during Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
Multiple social media posts claim a protestor was among the crowd attending Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.
A video shared on Facebook shows a man, Toyin Agbetu, shouting at attendants seated within Westminster Abbey. A narrator says he was demanding Britain issue a formal apology for its participation in the slave trade.
"Not a good time to do #yelling at the #funeral of the #queen," reads part of the Sept. 21 post's caption. "We want something done I’m just #confused why there was no #energy when she was #alive."
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The claim is false. The video shows Agbetu protesting at a 2007 service marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, not during the queen's funeral.
USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post for comment.
Video was captured 15 years prior
The footage of Agbetu protesting was aired on the BBC in 2007. Newscasters explained that the protest took place at Westminster Abbey during a service marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. It was one of several services held at Westminster Abbey that year to mark the anniversary.
Footage shows the queen sitting beside her husband, Prince Philip, when Agbetu approaches within several yards of her and demands an apology for her ancestors' roles in the slave trade.
"You're a disgrace!" he proceeds to shout at then-Prime Minister Tony Blair before being dragged out by security.
Agbetu later said in an article for The Guardian that he acted because the abolition anniversary service had "eradicated any mention of resistance, rebellion and revolution instigated by millions of African people."
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that a protestor demanded an apology from Britain during the queen's funeral. The video was filmed at a 2007 service marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.
Our fact-check sources:
BBC News, Sept. 19, Who was at the Queen's funeral service - and who was not?
YouTube, Mar. 29, 2007, SueDoeKoo
Westminster Abbey, accessed Sept. 28, 200TH ANNIVERSARY ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE ACT
UK Government, accessed Sept. 28, The Rt Hon Tony Blair
BBC News, Mar. 27, 2007, Protest disrupts slavery service
The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2007, Protester Disrupts Service With Blair and Queen
The Guardian, Mar. 27, 2007, Protester disrupts slavery commemoration
The Guardian, Apr. 3, 2007, My protest was born of anger, not madness
AFP, Sept. 26, Posts misrepresent 2007 video as protest at queen's funeral
AP News, Sept. 22, Video does not show protester at queen’s funeral
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