An image of some protestors burning an Indian flag went viral on social media with the claim that Muslim protestors in India were burning the tricolour as a sign of protest. In an investigation, it was found that the disturbing scene is from Lahore, Pakistan and not India.
A Tweet by @iAnuVatsya from June 10 shared an image of some protestors burning the Indian flag and holding placards. The captions said "Peaceful Muslims burning Our Tiranga (National Flag) today in India.", suggesting that the scene belonged to India.
The tweet has thousands of Retweets. Similar posts can be seen on Facebook as well.
By doing a reverse image search of the viral image, the top result found was an ABC news article from June 9. The article featured the original image in its entireity. The article stated that the scene was from a demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan. The demonstration was held to condemn allegedly derogatory references about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, made by ex-BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
The article also stated that the protestors had briefly clashed with the police in Lahore. The protestors urged Islamic countries to cut diplomatic ties with India following the remarks by Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal.
In conclusion, the disturbing image of protestors burning an Indian flag in a gathering is not from India, but from Lahore, Pakistan.
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