Boris Johnson indicates he would not take the knee for ‘Black Lives Matter’

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has indicated he would not ‘take the knee’ a popular gesture carried out by Black Lives Matter protesters.

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The move was popularised in 2016 when National Football League star Colin Kaepernick got down on one knee while the US national anthem played before games, to protest against racism and police brutality. It has become more widespread in the wake of global demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

Boris Johnson, said some police officers felt coerced into taking the knee because their colleagues had done so during recent BLM protests, and that he believed the police should not take the knee as it is not safe for their colleagues.

According to the Prime Minister, people shouldn’t be ‘bullied’ into doing things ‘they don’t necessarily want to’, adding that he ‘does not believe in gestures’.

During a phone-in on Leading Conversations Britain (LCB) on Friday, Johnson said :

‘I believe in substance, I believe in doing things’. ‘Not in gestures’

“People shouldn’t be bullied into doing things they don’t necessarily want to’.

‘I would rather see a story of championing success and talking about the opportunities we can open’, the PM said.

“There are injustices we need to rectify but i don’t want people to be bullied into doing things they don’t want to do’.

The PM also said he was ‘going to put his hands up’ to the fact there are no black senior ministers and accepted his government ‘needed to make progress on this’.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab came under fire last month for saying he would not take the knee in support of BLM and attributing the origin of the gesture to Game of Thrones.

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