Hyundai expresses ‘deep regret’ in second statement for social media posts over Kashmir row

By | February 8, 2022

On February 5, Hyundai Pakistan’s social media handles shared posts in solidarity with the “Kashmiri brothers” in their “struggle for freedom”.

On February 5, Hyundai Pakistan’s social media handles shared posts in solidarity with the “Kashmiri brothers” in their “struggle for freedom”.

Car manufacturer Hyundai on Tuesday, February 8, “deep regret” after it faced massive backlash sharing solidarity messages on social media over “Kashmir’s struggle for freedom”. The automobile maker expressed said it “deeply regretted any offense caused to the people of India by this unofficial social media activity”.

#BoycottHyundai has been among the top 10 trends since then. In fact, it trended on the top spot on Tuesday morning.

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This was the second statement issued by the automobile manufacturer.

On February 5, Hyundai Pakistan’s social media handles shared posts in solidarity with the “Kashmiri brothers” in their “struggle for freedom”. Pakistan observes February 5 as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ to show its support for the separatist movement in Kashmir.

The social media posts were later removed.

Soon after netizens called out the automobile maker, Hyundai India released a statement that it “stands firmly for its “strong ethos of respecting nationalism”. However, it couldn’t pacify netizens and issued another statement toning down its stand and expressing deep regret.

Earlier, fast food restaurant chain KFC landed in trouble after the brand’s official Pakistan handle shared a post showing ‘solidarity’ with Kashmir. The post, too, was shared on Facebook on February 5.

As soon as the post went viral, #BoycottKFC started trending on Twitter. The post was deleted soon after. KFC India issued an apology on Monday.

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