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Some carried symbols and flags strongly associated with particular ideas and factions, but in practice many of the members and their causes overlap

Pictures show people associated with a range of extreme and far-right groups and proponents of online conspiracy theories, many of whom have long been active online and at pro-Trump rallies

One of the most startling images quickly shared on social media is of a man with a painted face, fur hat and horns holding an American flag

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His social media presence shows that he attends several QAnon events and posts YouTube videos about deep-seated state conspiracies

He was given a speech in Phoenix, Arizona in November about unsubstantiated claims that the election was fraudulent

His personal Facebook page is full of pictures and memes relating to all sorts of extreme ideas and conspiracy theories

Another group that was discovered during the storming of the Capitol were members of the far-right group Proud Boys

The organization was founded in 2016 and is anti-immigrant and all-male. In the first US presidential debate, President Trump replied to a question about white supremacists and militias: “Proud boys – step back and stand by”

One of their members, Nick Ochs, tweeted a selfie in the building and said “hello from the capital lol” He’s also filmed a live stream inside

The profile of Mr. Ochs in the messaging app Telegram describes himself as “Proud Boy Elder from Hawaii” “

Among them was social media personality Tim Gionet, who goes by the pseudonym “Baked Alaska”

His livestream from the Capitol, posted on a niche streaming service, was followed by thousands of people and showed him talking to other protesters

As a Trump supporter, Mr. Gionet has made a name for himself as an internet troll

He has been described as a “white nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a US nonprofit advocacy group, a label he denied in a comment on The Insider

YouTube suspended its channel in October after posting videos harassing shop workers and refusing to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic

A photo that went viral of a man entering the office of senior Democratic politician Nancy Pelosi was named Richard Barnett of Arkansas

Outside the Capitol Hill buildings, he told the New York Times that he took an envelope from the speaker’s office and left a note describing it as explosive

This is Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Ak, and shows the personalized envelope he took from Spokesman Pelosi’s office. He insisted he didn’t steal it – “I have a quarter on hers Leave your desk behindPictureTwittercom / aST7MCoRwP

In response to the interview with the New York Times, Republican Congressman Steve Womack said on Twitter, “I’m sick to learn that the following actions were taken by a voter”

Local media reports say Mr. Barnett is involved in a gun rights group and that he was interviewed after the presidential election in a “Stop the Steal” rally – a movement that refused to accept Joe Biden’s victory and that of the President supports unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud

In an interview at the rally organized by ‘Engaged Patriots’ he said: “If you don’t like it, send someone out to fetch me because it is not easy for me”

The group affiliated with Mr. Barnett held a fundraiser of proceeds for body cameras for the local police department in October, according to local newspaper Westside Eagle Observer

As the events unfolded, many social media users, especially those associated with QAnon and supporters of President Trump, alleged that agitators from the laid-back left wing group Antifa were involved

A number of prominent Republican politicians, such as US Representative Matt Gaetz, claimed it was an antifa disguised as Trump supporters

One popular post claimed that a protester had a “communist hammer” tattoo as evidence that he was not a Trump supporter

There have also been suggestions that Mr. Angeli, the man with fur and horns, was a supporter of Black Lives Matter, with users sharing a picture of him at a BLM event in Arizona

Mr. Angeli was at this event, but he was there as a counter-protester. In the pictures taken there, he is holding a QAnon sign

At least one of the rioters was holding a Confederate flag that represented U.S. states that supported the continuation of slavery during the American Civil War.This is why it is viewed by many as a symbol of racism and has been called for in the United States Banning the USA Others see it as an important part of southern US history

In July it was announced that the flag could no longer be hoisted on American military properties due to a new policy to reject “divisive symbols”

President Trump has defended the use of the Confederate flag in the past, saying, “I know people who like the Confederate flag and don’t think about slavery, I just think it’s free speech”

There were also demonstrators who held up flags with a coiled rattlesnake on a yellow background, often accompanied by the phrase “don’t step on me” This is known as the Gadsden flag, which dates back to the American Revolution and the War to Drive Out British Colonialists

According to an article in the New Yorker, it was adopted by libertarians in the 1970s and has recently become a favorite icon of conservative tea party activists

The flag has been adopted by the right in the last few decades, says Prof Margaret Weir, a political science expert at Brown University

It’s also used by anti-government, white supremacist groups who advocate violence, she says

Democrats say Mr Trump must leave after a crowd of his supporters attacked and attacked the U.S. Capitol

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