Disinfo: The most violent US Capitol rioters were not Trump supporters but Antifa

Summary

Although it is true some of the protesters who marched into the US Capitol were supporters of President Trump, the most violent people responsible for the unrest and riots were most likely supporters of Antifa. Why? Because when somebody looks like an Antifa supporter, behaves like an Antifa supporter, and is armed like an Antifa supporter would be, they are most likely affiliated with Antifa or a similar organisation.

Disproof

On 6 January 2021 hundreds of President Trump supporters breached the US Capitol after they managed to push through the barriers. The unrest happened as the Congress was to count electoral college votes to certify President-elect Biden’s victory. Five people, including a police officer, died. This incident happened after repeated claims of a “stolen election”.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated there is no evidence at this point that perpetrators of violence at the US Capitol were Antifa supporters.

Furthermore, Reuters identified some people from key photos which were circulating around social media and found no known supporters of Antifa. BBC further identified some members of the far-right Proud Boys group.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Donald Trump

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Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to cast doubt on the legality and integrity of the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

We do, in fact, know what happened in what RT calls "Russiagate." The Mueller investigation ascertained that "Russia's two principal interference operations […] violated US criminal law" (p. 9) and were carried out in "sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1), noting that 13 Russian nationals implicated in these operations have been charged with "conspiracy to defraud the United States" (p. 174).

American Fascists and local collaborators used the events on January 13, 1991, in Vilnius to destroy USSR

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Disproof

Prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about events on January 13, 1991, in Vilnius, including disinformaton that all events were inspired by outside (the US) and inner (Gorbachev, Jelcin) forces to destroy the USSR.

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Russia with this vaccine is fifth on the list of vaccine makers with the most doses under contract through pre-purchase agreements;

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Efficacy at each interim analysis in the Sputnik V trial was consistently at 90% or above;

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The journalist made evidence that the Sputnik V vaccine may well be as strong a candidate as the ones created in Western labs. He also stated that he would opt for a ride on Sputnik rather than a trip to CoronaVac’s golden stars.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. The message is based on the manipulation and quotes taken out of context.

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