A McDonald’s branch located in the city of Guangzhou, China, came under fire after the restaurant displayed a sign prohibiting black people from entering the restaurant, the sign read:

“We have been informed that from now black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant. For the sake of your health consciously notify the local police for medical isolation, please understand the inconvenience caused.”

The recent reports of discrimination ranging from denial of service or targets for intense questioning, mandatory testing to quarantine has triggered a diplomatic row with many African diplomats calling on the Chinese government to step in and better support its migrants living in the southern province.

After the incident in Guangzhou which is considered a hub for African traders and home to China’s largest African communities. McDonald’s issued a statement which reads.

“Immediately upon learning of an unauthorized communication to our guests at a restaurant in Guangzhou, we immediately removed the communication and temporarily closed the restaurant.” McDonald’s added that they are conducting “diversity and inclusion” training at the store.

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