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Fact Check: Old image showing a man holding a saffron flag outside the US Capitol falsely linked to the Capitol siege

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An old-unrelated image from August 2020, showing a man holding a saffron flag outside the United States Capitol building when some Indians in the United States had celebrated the foundation laying ceremony of Ayodhya's Ram temple is being falsely linked to the recent violence in Washington DC. 

In the backdrop of violence that erupted at Capitol Hill, the seat of the legislative branch of the US federal government, in Washington DC on January 7, an image is being widely shared on social media platforms showing a man holding a saffron flag outside the United States Capitol building claiming that it shows a pro-Hindutva supporter present during the siege that took place recently. 

Verified Twitter user Ashok Swain shared three images including the viral image with the caption saying, "Do Hindu  Supremacists really believe that they will ever be accepted by White Supremacists? Are they color blind?"

A Facebook user named Farooq Siddiqi shared the image with the caption saying, "Hindutva Supported Capitol Hill capture."

Several other Facebook users are also sharing this image with a similar claim. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The viral image dates back to August 2020, when some Indians in the United States had celebrated the foundation laying ceremony of Ayodhya's Ram temple by taking out a tableau around the US Capitol Hill in Washington.

With the help of a reverse image search, we found this viral image in an article on the foundation ceremony by the Telegraph dated August 5, 2020, crediting to photo agency PTI.

The caption of the photo reads, "Indian community people take out a tableau on Ayodhyas Shri Ram Mandir around the US Capitol Hill to celebrate the groundbreaking occasion of the temple, in Washington on Tuesday." 

In conclusion, an old-unrelated image from August 2020, showing a man holding a saffron flag outside the United States Capitol building when some Indians in the United States had celebrated the foundation laying ceremony of Ayodhya's Ram temple is being falsely linked to the recent violence in Washington DC. 

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