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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke November 5, 2018

Flag stomping image is from a 2016 student protest in Wisconsin, not migrant caravan

Migrants making their way north to the U.S-Mexico border have neither dragged nor brutalized police officers. They also haven’t haven’t burned the American flag or defaced it with a swastika.

New allegations that migrants are standing and peeing on the flag before dumping it are also false.

"Report: Migrants in Guatemalan Caravan stand on, and then urinate on, U.S. flag before throwing it in the trash can," reads the text stamped above a photo of someone standing on a flag spread on the ground. The image was posted to a Bill O’Reilly Fans Facebook group on Nov. 2.

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The picture isn’t fake, but it’s not current. It’s a still from a news clip of a protest at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on April 3, 2016. Activists were protesting Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate participating in a town hall organized by Fox News.

And while there has been news coverage of people urinating on the flag stateside—a suspected Boston man in September and an American activist in 2017—we could find no reports of the migrants taking such action.

We rate this claim Pants on Fire!

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