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Boston Celtics games pulled in China after Kanter calls Xi a brutal dictator
Oct 21, 2021 | The Hill
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The National Basketball Association has once again come under fire in China after Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter called the country's leader a "brutal dictator."

Kanter also tweeted a video in support of independence for Tibet and also wore sneakers emblazoned with the words "Free Tibet" during Wednesday night's game against the New York Knicks.

Soon after the tweet, highlights from the Celtics’ game against the Knicks were made unavailable on the Tencent Sports app primarily used in the country to stream NBA games,

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The upcoming Celtics games also appear to be unavailable for live stream.

"Under the Chinese government’s brutal rule, Tibetan peoples’ basic rights and freedoms are non-existent," Kanter said. 

"I say, ‘Shame on the Chinese government.’ The Chinese dictatorship is erasing Tibetan identity and culture," he added.

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