US embassy in South Korea takes down #BlackLivesMatter banner

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US embassy in South Korea takes down #BlackLivesMatter banner

US embassy in South Korea takes down Black Lives Matter banner. The large banner went up on Saturday but was removed on Monday. 

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US embassy in South Korea takes down Black Lives Matter banner. The large banner went up on Saturday but was removed on Monday.

US embassy in South Korea has taken down the banner featuring Black Lives Matter. Reports said the removal of the banner was due to pressure from the US leaders.

US media said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump were unhappy with the display.

People have marched around the world as part of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in the US last month.

After taking the banner down, the embassy said it did not intend to “support or encourage donations to any specific organization”.

Black Lives Matter is both a rallying cry for protesters and a non-profit organization “whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities”.

When the banner was originally displayed on Saturday, the embassy tweeted a photo of it, along with a message of support both in Korean and English.

“The US Embassy stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change,” the embassy tweet said.

“Our #BlackLivesMatter banner shows our support for the fight against racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive and just society.”

The ambassador, Harry Harris, also tweeted a picture of the banner, saying: “USA is a free and diverse nation… from that diversity, we gain our strength.”

But two days later the banner came down. A rainbow flag, symbolizing gay rights, was also removed.

On Tuesday, the embassy posted a picture of a new banner, honoring Korean War veterans.

News Source: BBC

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