In the backdrop of protests against the death of African-American man George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, a video of protesters supposedly storming the White House in Washington D.C. is doing the rounds on social media. Twitter handle @ZaheerHumanist posted the video with the message, “For the first time in American History, Protestors broke in and down the #WhiteHouse“. The tweet has amassed over 3,100 retweets so far.
— A Humanist (@ZaheerHumanist) June 1, 2020
On June 1, Columnist Rajeev Sharma tweeted the video and said, “Protestors sneak inside #WhiteHouse for the first time in #US history. Firing reported near east gate of White House. #DonaldTrump taken to underground bunker for nearly an hour. As many as 40 American cities are under curfew over the death of #GeorgeFloyd in police custody!”. He claimed that for the first time in the history of the United States protesters sneaked inside in the White House.
Protestors sneak inside #WhiteHouse for the first time in #US history. Firing reported near east gate of White House. #DonaldTrump taken to underground bunker for nearly an hour. As many as 40 American cities are under curfew over the death of #GeorgeFloyd in police custody! pic.twitter.com/uqW7xSRbpC
— Rajeev Sharma (@kishkindha) June 1, 2020
A similar post by a Facebook page Products and Services Promotions was viewed more than 16,000 times at the time of writing this article. The video is viral on Twitter and Facebook with the same narrative.
First time In History- Protestors Broke Into The Capitol Hill For The First Time In American USA History.
Alt News broke the video into multiple keyframes using digital verification tool InVid. We then performed a reverse image search on one of the keyframes and found an article published by the website Newsup on May 29, 2020. The article informed that protesters tried to break inside the Ohio Statehouse.
At the beginning of the video, one can spot name boards – Keybank and Chase – on top of two buildings. With a keyword search on Google Maps, we found several images of Ohio Statehouse where these buildings are visible in the background.
Moreover, a comparison of the building seen in the viral video with the images of Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio clearly shows that it’s the same building.
With the help of Google street view, we were able to confirm that the building seen in the video is Statehouse in Columbus.
According to media reports covering the protest outside the Statehouse, protesters are gathering outside the Statehouse from last few days. Therefore, a video of protesters storming the Statehouse in Ohio was shared as White House in Washington D.C.