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Was Modi Supporter holding a saffron flag present during the violence that erupted at Capitol Hill? A fact-check

In the early morning of 7th January 2021 (Indian time), many news media portals started to giving news on the Capitol Hill protest. As lawmakers counted electoral votes certifying Joe Biden as President-Elect, supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill in Washington DC and violence had ensued. Capitol Hill is the place where the US Senate and House of Representatives are seated at.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the violence and advised that all parties ensure the peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America. But Indian liberals were busy losing their mind, not because of what was happening at Capitol Hill, but because they had found another opportunity to falsely blame ‘Innocent Hindus’.

Ashok Swain is a professor in the United States and regularly comment on such issues about which he knows nothing. He attached a picture on his Twitter account of a man who was seen holding a saffron flag in front of Capitol Hill. He deleted his tweet later.

Sagarika Ghose also shared a tweet by twitter handle called ‘Hindutva Watch’ and started to promote fake news as she always do.

A man who waved the Indian national flag at the protest at the Capitol hill has been identified as Vincent Xavier. Xavier had attended the protest at US Capitol. The identity of Xavier was shared on Twitter by BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who alleged that Xavier was a “dear friend” of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

Varun Gandhi said,”Dear Shashi Tharoor now that we know that this lunatic was such a dear friend of yours, one can only hope that you and your colleagues were not the silent,”.

The man holding the saffron flag in his right hand and the American flag in the other was immediately branded as a “Hindutva extremist” who was celebrating the violence at Capitol Hill. But this was also fake news.

This image of a Hindu man holding a saffron flag in Washington was from August 5th 2020, right after the Bhoomi Pujan of Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya. It was vastly covered even by Financial Express in an article where they had chronicled how Hindus across the world celebrated the historic event.

Report by Financial Express dated 5th August 2020

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