The British military has banned its personnel from taking the Knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Commanders have warned HMS Sultan’s troops in Gosport, Hampshire, that they cannot kneel down in solidarity when in uniform.
British military sources say that while in military uniform they are not allowed to take part in any political activity as kneeling down in solidarity with the Black Lives movement is becoming a political movement.
The source added that whenever there is a military uniform, there are many rules on how to live, the armed forces and the Ministry of Defense are against racism and they want to end it.
The decision came after the Metropolitan Police last month gave its officers the green light to kneel during a protest by the Black Lives Matters movement.
Later, during a protest against racism in London, several officials took a similar stand.
In this regard, the defence official said that they are currently reviewing the policy to see if there is another way out and whether they can find another way to express solidarity.
Protests erupted and Black Lives Matter movement intensified after a video surfaced on social media showing a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd being strangled on the street of Minnesota (northern regions of the United States) by a police officer while the man was saying in a low voice. “I can’t breathe, don’t kill me.”
According to reports, shortly after the incident, the man was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance where he died.
Four police officers were immediately suspended after the video surfaced.
Minnesota police say George Floyd was working as a security guard at a hotel when he was found drunk on another person’s car and resisted when police asked him to get off.