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FACT CHECK: No, this video showing Batman walking at a protest site is not from the US Capitol protest

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An old unrelated video from the 'Black LivesMatter' protest in May, showing Batman walking through a cloud of smoke is being falsely shared to be from the recent incident in the US when mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

On January 6, chaos unfolded after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol after weeks of President Donald Trump instigation with false allegations of fraud in the Nov. 3 election, culminating in a call to march to the building that represents U.S. democracy.

Amid this, a video is being widely shared on social media in which one can see a person dressed as Batman walk through a cloud of smoke even as protestors chanted in the background claiming that the video is from the violence that is taking in the US. 

A Twitter user shared the video with a caption saying, "BREAKING NEWS: Batman has arrived at the capitol building in DC."

Several other Twitter users are also sharing this video linking it to what is happening in the Washington DC.

News website Moneycontrol also shared the video on Facebook and Twitter with the caption: 'Pro-Donald Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn the election & amidst the chaos, #Batman arrives at the #USCapitolBuilding.' (The posts have now been deleted)

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The video dates back to May 2020, when the Black Lives Matter protests were taking place in the USA following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmad Arbery.

At the end of the end, we notice a man holding a placard with 'justice for George Floyd' written on it. 

Taking a cue from this, we ran relevant keyword searches and found a report by 'Global News' published June 4, 2020 about cosplayers lending their support to anti-racist protests in America by cosplaying as superheroes.

According to the article, the man dressed up a Batman at the protests in Philadelphia has been identified him as Bob Gade who cosplays as "Bucks County Batman". 

We went through Gade's Instagram profile and found the viral video shared by him on May 31, 2020 with the along, "Saving my city, be right back." As per this post, the location seen in the video 'Philadelphia City Hall'.


In conclusion, an old unrelated video from the 'Black Lives Matter' protest in May, showing Batman walking through a cloud of smoke is being falsely shared to be from the recent incident in the US when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

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