On June 13, we posted this: US Embassy Seoul Displays Giant #BlackLivesMatter Banner In Support of Fight Against Racial Injustice.
US Embassy Seoul’s BLM banner that went up on Saturday came down on Monday. CNN reports that senior State Department leadership asked the embassy in Seoul to take down the Black Lives Matter sign that Ambassador Harry Harris had hung from the building’s façade . A spokesman for the embassy confirmed to CNN that the large Pride flag has also come down. Via CNN:
“The request from the department’s 7th floor — where Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s offices are located — cited as its reason the fact that Black Lives Matter is a non-profit organization and that the US government does not encourage contributions to the group or promote any specific organization, the source said. It is not clear why the Pride flag — which was hung in late May, according to the embassy’s Facebook page — was removed and no explanation has been offered yet.”
According to Bloomberg “on Monday, after the banners were removed, the embassy said that U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris did not intend “to support or encourage donations to any specific organization. To avoid the misperception that American taxpayer dollars were spent to benefit such organizations, he directed that the banner be removed.”
— Nicholas Wadhams (@nwadhams) June 15, 2020
NEWS: @USEmbassySeoul removed “Black Lives Matter” banner draped on exterior of the US embassy in South Korea after it was flagged to Trump and Pompeo.
Both were displeased, sources tell me and @nwadhams.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 15, 2020
The important thing was that @USAmbROK put the banner up, not that he was ordered to take it down. He and his people made an important statement, and the banner would have come down eventually anyway.
— Joseph Britt (@Zathras3) June 15, 2020
The US Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, has removed a large banner for the Black Lives Matter movement after a request from State Department leadership and has taken down a rainbow flag that celebrates LGBTQ pride.
— Jennifer Hansler (@jmhansler) June 15, 2020