90 Miles From Tyranny : Tibetan Activists Join Hong Kong Protesters To Slam China At Brooklyn Nets Game

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Tibetan Activists Join Hong Kong Protesters To Slam China At Brooklyn Nets Game




Tibetan rights activists joined Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors Friday night in New York City.

The demonstrators were hoping to use the occasion to highlight China’s draconian response to the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests and the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) tepid reaction to the Chinese crackdown on civil rights in the former British protectorate. They donned t-shirts emblazoned with “Free Tibet” and carried a banner that stated: “Tsai & LeBron: Morey was right, NBA: Stand for freedom,” according to a news release.

Pro-democracy protesters supporting Hong Kong are seen on the stands of Barclays Center during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, in New York City, New York, U.S., Oct. 18, 2019 in this still image obtained from social media video on Oct. 19, 2019. NY4HK – New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong /via REUTERS

Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James has been critical of anyone in the basketball league who has condemned the Chinese suppression.

Although James said in an interview that he is privileged as a sports celebrity to have “a platform” to speak out against things that are “unjust” or “wrong,” he has chosen to not speak out against China’s actions in Hong Kong, saying instead that the NBA should not be ostracizing the communist state due to...


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