“Muslims in Switzerland are demanding that the cross be taken off the flag because it offends them”, reads the description under this photo published on Facebook on January 2. But in just one post, this Internet user – whose page, “SOS Anti-white Racism”, is full of racist and xenophobic comments – mislabeled the photo and misled many Internet users.
In reality, this photo was taken in Pakistan, not Switzerland. And the flag in flames is not the Swiss flag but the Danish flag, which also features a white cross-shaped pattern on a red background. The cross on the Danish flag is off-centre and its lines extend to the ends of the material, unlike the Swiss flag which feature a small cross in the centre.
This photo was taken ten years ago, in 2006, when riots hits many Muslim countries following the publication of cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper. The protestors in this photo are angry about the cartoon, not the cross on the flag.