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‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Eliminated From U.S. Embassy in Seoul

‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Removed From U.S. Embassy in Seoul

A big “Black Lives Matter” banner draped on the entrance of the U.S. embassy in Seoul was eliminated on Monday after it was dropped at the eye of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, in line with individuals aware of the matter.

Pompeo and Trump have been each displeased in regards to the banner, the individuals stated. A big, multicolored Satisfaction”banner recognizing lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals was additionally eliminated on Monday. They have been changed with a banner commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean Struggle.

The embassy unfurled the “Black Lives Matter” banner on its mission constructing on Saturday to assist worldwide anti-racism protests which have adopted the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody final month.

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The U.S. Embassy “stands in solidarity with fellow People grieving and peacefully protesting to demand constructive change,” the embassy stated Saturday on Twitter, posting an image of the banner. “Our #BlackLivesMatter banner reveals our assist for the battle towards racial injustice and police brutality as we try to be a extra inclusive & simply society.”

However on Monday, after the banners have been eliminated, the embassy stated that U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris didn’t intend “to assist or encourage donations to any particular group. To keep away from the misperception that American taxpayer {dollars} have been spent to learn such organizations, he directed that the banner be eliminated.”

Harris stated earlier in a re-tweet of the embassy’s tweet in regards to the banners, in Korean, that “USA is a free and numerous nation… from that range, we achieve our power.” He additionally quoted former President John Kennedy.

The embassy had displayed the massive rainbow flag in assist of “LGBTQ Satisfaction Month” final 12 months, regardless of an order of the State Division to not hoist the banner.

Harris was nominated for his put up by Trump in 2018 after a Navy profession wherein he was the primary Asian-American to carry a four-star rank and the primary to go U.S. Pacific Command. He was the Joint Chiefs’ consultant to the secretary of state from 2011 to 2013 beneath President Barack Obama.

An anti-racism protest happened in Seoul on June 6, with greater than 100 individuals marching in black garments by town’s central purchasing district of Myeongdong.