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BLM: The British military has banned the knee from being too political.


The British military are prohibited from pulling their knees out of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests after the commanders said it was too political

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Soldiers were banned from taking their knees out of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement because it was considered too political.

The commanders warned the HMS Sultan staff in Gosport, Hampshire that they could not participate in the action in uniform.

Defense officials are currently reviewing the policies to determine if there is scope to show their respect in other ways.

The Department of Defense has told uniformed forces personnel not to perform the symbolic gesture that shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

A defense source said, "If you wear uniform, you are not allowed to participate in any political activity. With the knee, it becomes a political movement. & # 39;

They added: “If you are in uniform, there are long-standing rules on how you should behave.

“We look at politics and try to find a way, in a reasonable situation, to show their respect.

"The armed forces and the Ministry of Defense are absolutely against racism in any form and want to eradicate it."

It comes after an argument about the move when the Metropolitan Police gave its officials the green light to bend their knees during a BLM protest last month.

Taking the knee, however, has proven controversial. Two metropolitan area police officers have been criticized for kneeling in front of BLM demonstrators in Downing Street

Taking the knee, however, has proven controversial. Two metropolitan area police officers have been criticized for kneeling in front of BLM demonstrators in Downing Street

Kent Police Chief Alan Pughsley recently took a knee at a BLM event

Kent Police Chief Alan Pughsley recently took a knee at a BLM event

Several officials took up the pose in support of protests against racism in London. The simple union said the gesture "shows that we are human".

A former official said he was ashamed that the officials had taken a knee. He tweeted: "I served at the Met Police many years ago.

"Take a knee, never never, I'm ashamed of what you have to do today. In my time it would have been very different.

"The Mayor of London and Cressida Dick should resign in total shame." It comes after Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was criticized after saying he understood why some people took his knee but said he would only "do it for the Queen and the woman if I asked her to marry me" .

The pose has been widespread since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last month to show support for the BLM movement and respect for those killed.

What are the origins of "take knees"?

The protest against the knee was started in 2016 by American football player Colin Kaepernick. He knelt famous for the US national anthem before playing for the San Francisco 49ers to demonstrate against police brutality.

It is believed that he adopted the idea of ​​the way the U.S. military honors fallen comrades.

Kaepernick said at the time: “I will not get up to show pride in a country that oppresses black and colored people.

“For me it's bigger than football and it would be selfish for me to look away. There are bodies on the street and people who get paid leave and get away with murder. & # 39;

The campaign was extremely controversial in the United States. Critics like Donald Trump said they don't respect soldiers and the flag.

In the following years, however, it continued to spread in US sports.

It was originally tolerated by the NFL before an edict was passed in 2018 that insisted that all players be on the field during the national anthem.

This ban was lifted earlier this month after George Floyd's death was outraged. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel said: "We were wrong because we didn't listen to the NFL players earlier and encouraged everyone to speak up and protest peacefully."

Many believe that it destroyed Kaepernick's career – he hasn't played a game since his contract ended in 2017.

It became widespread worldwide after the death of George Floyd, and police officers in the UK took part in the public action.

It was also used by Premier League footballers before last night's games.

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