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Fraser Anning Used A British Rapper In An 'African Gangs' Meme

A picture of British rap group Smoke Boys has been used in a meme posted by senator Fraser Anning critical of African gangs.

Anning, who has this week come under fire for attending -- and billing taxpayers for his travel to -- a far-right anti-immigration rally in Melbourne, posted an image on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

"Australians are fed up with Islamic terrorism and African gang violence," he claimed in the tweet, alongside a graphic showing a crowd gathered outside a mosque, and a man standing in front of a burning car.

But the man in the bottom-right corner of the image, with braided hair and baring his teeth, is not a member of an African gang. He's not even Australian.

The man's name is Swift, and he is a member of British rap group Smoke Boys. The picture in question was published in a 2016 edition of an English magazine called Notion.

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The image appears to have been taken by photographer Dean Martindale. He is currently selling prints of the image on his website for £65 (AUD$115).

A screenshot from Martindale's website, where the print is on sale

The photo of the man with the beard in the bottom-left corner of Anning's meme is also not Australian. That image is of Kashmiri activist Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, and was taken at a protest in India around 2007.

He came to worldwide fame after his image -- the image used in Anning's meme -- became a meme online known as 'Islamic Rage Boy'. A 2007 profile in The Guardian detailed how the man's neighbours "describe Mr Bhat as well-mannered, sincere and dedicated."

10 daily has contacted Anning's office for comment as to why images of unrelated foreign men have been used in a graphic about crime in Australia.

Smoke Boys, formerly known as Section Boyz, have commented with incredulity about the incident, asking "how they doing this again".

Yes, they said "again" -- because it's not the first time the group has been wrongly linked to so-called "African gangs" in Melbourne.

In 2016 and 2017, the ABC's Media Watch reported the Daily Mail website had wrongly included a picture of the group in articles about the Apex gang.

The group also commented on that situation in January 2017.

Smoke Boys also retweeted several tweets critical of Anning's meme on Wednesday.

10 daily has contacted the group's management for further comment.