‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Removed From Seoul’s US Embassy

A large banner “Black Lives Matter” draped on the front of the U.S. embassy in Seoul was removed Monday after it was brought to the attention of President Donald Trump and State Secretary Michael Pompeo, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Pompeo and Trump both expressed disappointment with the banner, the people said. Also removed on Monday was a large, multicolored banner of pride recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. They had been replaced by a banner commemorating the Korean War’s 70th anniversary.

The embassy unfurled the “Black Lives Matter” banner on its Saturday mission building to support global anti-racism demonstrations that followed George Floyd ‘s death in Minneapolis police custody last month.

The U.S. Embassy “is in solidarity with fellow Americans who are grieving and protesting peacefully to demand positive change,” the embassy said on Twitter Saturday, posting a picture of the banner. “Our #BlackLivesMatter banner demonstrates our support for combating racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive & just society.”