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VP Mike Pence leaves National Football League game after anthem protest


At the time of the national anthem, a score of players for the San Francisco 49ers, the visiting team, put a knee on the ground.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a National Football League game on Sunday in his home state of in after some players knelt during the national anthem, a form of demonstration that began past year as a symbolic protest about police violence against racial minorities. Colts players wore T-shirts drawing attention to equality and justice and stood with their arms locked during the anthem.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence sit in the crowd prior to the start of the national anthem at the NFL football game between the Indiana Colts and the San Francisco 49ers at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

He also posted a picture of himself and his wife, Karen, standing during the anthem.

About an hour later, President Donald Trump tweeted that Pence was acting in response to his instructions.

The Vice President said he left in objection to an "event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag and our national anthem".

Only members of the 49ers knelt for the rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" - a symbol of protest, not against the flag or the song, but against what they say is institutional social injustice and peaceful demonstration against the violence perpetrated by police against black men. "I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen", Trump tweeted.

This gesture has been adopted by dozens of players since Donald Trump has called the end of September the owners of franchises of the National Football League to "expel" the players who "(lacked) respect " to the american flag.

The protests were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and have become a source of huge controversy in the US this year after President Donald Trump called on owners to fire players who participate in them.

Last week approximately 30 players from the 49ers kneeled in their first game since Trump called for players who protest to be fired. "We respect our flag", Trump said to loud applause at the campaign event.

Mike Pence has not supported the " Take a knee " (kneel).

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