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Pak's Kashmir Day: After Hyundai, KFC faces boycott calls in Twitter

Paks Kashmir Day: After Hyundai, KFC faces boycott calls in Twitter

New Delhi: After carmaker Hyundai, KFC also faced boycott calls on Twitter, after KFC Pakistan posted on Facebook extending solidarity to "Kashmir Solidarity Day". After the boycott call erupted over Pakistan KFC's post, it took down the February 5 pro-Kashmir-separatist post after 6:00 pm on Monday, news media Wion reported.

On Sunday, when Pakistan held the annual Kashmir Solidarity Day, pro-Kashmir-separatist posts from the South Korean carmaker's partner in Pakistan, Nishat Group, appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Reuters reported.

The posts commemorated the struggle of Kashmiri self-determination.The Instagram post carried a picture of stone throwers and the text 'Kashmir Solidarity Day 5th February' over it.

Netizens in India had called for a boycott and demanded Hyundai's apology, while many cancelled orders as retribution to the company and urged people to support Indian companies such as Tata and Mahindra & Mahindra. #BoycottHyundai became trending on Twitter.

Ashwini Mahajan of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) economic wing tweeted that Hyundai should clarify its stand on Kashmir.

A user tweeted that his Hyundai car was to be delivered next month but has purchased rival Honda's car, and he posted himself with his new Honda at the delivery. Another tweeted that let's bankrupt Hyundai, adding a screenshot of Hyundai shares falling on Monday.

Hyundai shares did fall 1.25 per cent on Monday, going below Seoul's bench mark Index, while South Korea is facing a raging pandemic along with the global chip crunch.

Meanwhile, Hyundai responded to the controversy on Twitter, tweeting that the company has zero tolerance towards insensitive communication and adding that they strongly condemn such views. The unsolicited social media post regarding them is offending their commitment towards "this great country," it tweeted.

Earlier, there were multiple similar boycott calls in India, once against Chinese goods and another against Amazon for its overseas sales of certain products with faces of Hindu gods and sacred symbols.

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