The protests of intolerance in the United States have successfully made their transition overseas.
On Saturday, Hertha BCS of the German Bundesliga took a knee before the kickoff of their match against Schalke 04.
According to the teams twitter page, they decided to take a knee “in the name of tolerance, responsibility, and a tolerant Berlin”.
Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore! #TakeAKnee #hahohe pic.twitter.com/spZvRSGVxQ
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2017
It is unclear whether they took the knee before, after or during the German National Anthem.
According to ESPNFC, the stadium announcer issued the following statement over the loudspeaker to the fans in attendance:
“Berlin is colourful,” the stadium announcer said, “Hertha BSC stands for diversity and against violence. For this reason, we are joining forces with the protest of our fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination. For a tolerant Berlin, both now and forevermore.”
The protests started by Colin Kaepernick over a year ago have not slowed down despite repeated statements issued by Donald Trump. In a rally speech, he called for NFL owners to fire any player who took a knee during the anthem; “get that son of a b***h off the field.”
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