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Rioters with flags clash with police and security forces during the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

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Capitol Hill Insurrection: Decoding the Extremist Symbols & Groups from CNN

Article from CNN providing explanations for many of the flags and other symbols on display on January 6.


Identifying far-right symbols that appeared at the U.S. Capitol riot from The Washington Post

Interactive feature from the Washington Post identifying and explaining symbols used by the groups involved in the riots, including Proud Boys, Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, QAnon, and more. Includes context on the historical flags used and what they represent to people in the far-right.


The symbols of hate and far-right extremism on display in pro-Trump Capitol siege from ABC News

Article from ABC News providing explanations for many of the flags and other symbols on display on January 6.


When white extremism seeps into the mainstream from Code Switch (NPR)

Interview with historian Kathleen Belew, who has studied and written on the origins of the white extremism movement. Includes discussion of flags and other symbols used by elements of this movement.


Why the flag of South Vietnam flew at the US Capitol siege by Long T. Bui from The Conversation


Researchers: more than a dozen extremist groups took part in Capitol riots by Masood Farivar from VOA


What the kek: explaining the alt-right 'deity' behind their 'meme magic' by David Neiwert from SPLC


Decoding the far-right symbols at the Capitol riot from the New York Times


What happens when Hillary Clinton calls your cartoon frog racist by Abraham Riesman from New York Magazine