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A man who flew the tri-color flag of India at the Capitol this week in support of Donald Trump denies he took part in the rioting.
Times of India spoke to Vincent Xavier Palathingal who identified himself as the flagbearer and a Virginia Central Committee member for the Republican party in Virginia.
He’s the same man seen in this photo holding a sign that read “stop the steal” which AsAmNews posted on Thursday.
“People having Vietnamese, Indian, Korean and Iranian origins … and from so many other nations and races, all American patriots, who believe that massive voter fraud has happened had joined the rally on Wednesday in solidarity with Trump,” he told Times of India. “I happened to have an Indian flag which is why I went with it. I have even seen the Pakistani flag at Trump rallies. We were peaceful protesters who exercised our rights.”
Other Indian Americans, however, expressed both shock and shame after seeing their former country’s flag displayed at the rally which promoted false claims of fraud in the presidential election without any proof.
Priyanka Chaturvedi, a senior leader of the India right wing political party Shiv Sena, also expressed shame at the sight of seeing his country’s flag amidst the rioting.
“Whoever is waving this Indian flag should feel ashamed. Don’t use our tricolor to participate in such violent & criminal acts in another country,” he wrote on Twitter, according to WION.
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