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Starbucks: Protesters call for boycott after black men arrested

From BBC - April 16, 2018

The arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in the US city of Philadelphia has sparked protests and boycott calls.

The coffee chain's chief executive, Kevin Johnson, apologised for the arrests in a statement on Saturday.

But protests continued, with many entering the store on Monday to call for the manager's dismissal.

On Twitter, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks has been shared tens of thousands of times.

The arrests took place on Thursday evening. The two men, who had not made a purchase, were waiting for a friend to arrive when they were asked to leave by the store manager. They refused and police were called.

A video of the incident posted on social media has been viewed close to 10 million times.

Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross defended the police's actions in a video statement posted to Facebook.

"It is important to emphasise and underscore that these officers had legal standing to make this arrest," he said.

"They were called to the scene because employees said they were trespassing.

"It is important for me to say that, in short, these officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen."

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