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In Defiant Move, U.S. Embassy In Seoul Displays Banner In Support Of Black Lives Matter

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In a defiant move, the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea draped a huge Black Lives Matter banner on its mission building and tweeted a picture of it in support of an anti-racism campaign across America.

“The U.S. Embassy stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change. Our #BlackLivesMatter banner shows our support for the fight against racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive & just society,” the embassy tweeted on Saturday, along with the picture of the banner in black and white.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris retweeted the message, adding “USA is a free and diverse nation… from that diversity we gain our strength.”

The message is a rare departure from President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, who has called protesters “thugs” and threatened to use the U.S. military against demonstrators.

Black Lives Matter protests are being held across the globe as part of campaigns focusing on social injustice following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

The White House declined a request for comment.

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