UK Military Banned from 'Taking the Knee' for Black Lives Matter as 'Too Political'
Ministry of Defence stops British forces personnel from protesting for BLM
British military troops have been banned from "taking the knee" in protest for the far-left Black Lives Matter organization, according to reports.
The Ministry of Defence has stopped UK forces personnel from protesting such radical causes, arguing that it is "too political."
Personnel at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire, have been warned by their commanders that they could not partake in the action while in uniform.
Defence officials are currently reviewing the policy to see if there are other ways the troops can show solidarity against racism without bowing down to the leftist BLM political group.
A defence source reportedly told The Sun newspaper: "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."
"When you are in uniform there are long-standing rules for how you should behave," the source added.
"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.
"The armed forces and the MoD is absolutely against racism in any form and wants to stamp it out."
It comes after a row over the move as the Metropolitan Police gave the green light to its officers to take a knee during a BLM protest last month.
Several officers adopted the pose in support of the anti-racism protests in London.
The rank-and-file union said the gesture "shows we are human beings."
One former officer said he was "ashamed" that officers had taken a knee.
"I served in the Met Police many years ago," he tweeted.
"Take a knee, never never ever, I'm ashamed of what they have to do today.
"In my day it would have been very very different.
"The mayor of London and Cressida Dick should resign in total shame."
It comes after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab came under criticism after he said he understood why some people took the knee but said he would only do so "for the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me."
The pose has spread widely since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month as a way of showing support for the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.