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Unlike their American counterparts, apparently, Military personnel in the United Kingdom have been banned from taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
One of the most remarkable things about the movement — and a show of just how powerful the liberal American media is — is that it has gone global, even though the racially motivated police brutality narrative it is based on is not supported by recent statistics.
Then again, the urge for liberals to destroy and tear down is universal.
Commanders warned British personnel at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire, that when in uniform they could not kneel in support of political activities, the Daily Mail reported.
“When they are in uniform, they are not allowed to take part in any political activity. With taking the knee, it is becoming a political movement,” a defense source said.
“When you are in uniform, there are long-standing rules for how you should behave,” the individual noted. “We are looking at the policy and are trying to find a way in an appropriate situation what they can do to show their respect.”
Which is not to say the UK military is racist.
“The armed forces and the [Ministry of Defense] is absolutely against racism in any form and wants to stamp it out,” the source added.
On the flip side, Scotland Yard reportedly gave officers the green light to take a knee during a BLM protest last month, the tabloid reported, which caused a stir with some law enforcement officers.
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley "took the knee" during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kent. The leadership of Black Lives Matter UK says it is committed to “dismantling capitalism” & “the abolition of the police”. pic.twitter.com/99ytWblpcQ
— DAILY BUGLE (@Dailybugle1898) June 10, 2020
Of course, it’s difficult for officers to take a knee when they’re busy running from the violent protesters.
In America, a California National Guard commander and his troops took a knee last month before protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd.
While some argued that the kneeling was a “tactical act that had a massive strategic effect,” which was to defuse a hostile situation.
On the other hand, attempts to appease those who demand acceptance of a political agenda never works out well in the long run.
The soldiers faced no discipline for taking a knee, according to Military.com.
“We’re not allowed really to protest in uniform, but you see the emotions in the country,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters. “In many cases, protesters are hugging soldiers… It’s a very complex and difficult time.”
“We are a reflection of the country. We’re Americans,” he added.
McCarthy did say leaders will work to reinforce to Guard members the importance of staying out of protests, the website reported.
“We don’t want to punish our soldiers,” he said. “A lot of this is we’re going to talk to each other; we’re going to have very hard, uncomfortable conversations. We’re going to listen to each other, and we want to just make sure everybody understands, we don’t want to protest in uniform.”
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