After Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter lambasted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for violating the human rights of Tibetans on Wednesday, the CCP canceled NBA television broadcasts in the Asian country. On Friday, the player doubled down on his criticism of the regime’s genocide against Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities.
As reported by the Daily Caller, Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter posted another video Friday in which he condemned Xi Jinping, whom he called a “ruthless dictator,” for the ongoing genocide of the Uighur people and other Muslim ethnic minorities in western China.
He wrote in his Twitter post, “Heartless dictator of China, XI JINPING and the Communist Party of China. I am calling you out in front of the whole world,” Kanter tweeted. “Close down the SLAVE labor camps and free the UYGHUR people! Stop the GENOCIDE, now!”
Wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “Freedom for the Uyghurs,” he described the aberrant acts the CCP is committing against the Uighur and other ethnic and religious minorities:
“There is a genocide happening right now—right now, as I speak this message,” Kanter stated.
“Torture, rape, forced abortions and sterilizations. Family separations. Arbitrary detentions. Concentration camps. Political reeducation. Forced labor. This is all happening right now,” the player said in the video.
“The Uyghur region has become an open-air prison and surveillance state where freedoms are non-existent for the Uyghur people,” he continued and shortly after posted another tweet asking people to join him in denouncing the CCP.
“To those of you who care about human dignity: Please join me in spreading the word. What is happening to the Uyghurs is one of the WORST human rights abuses in the world today. We can NOT stay silent!” he wrote.
This video followed the one on Wednesday, Oct. 20, where Kanter wore a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of the Dalai Lama and issued strong statements against the CCP regime for its treatment and persecution of Tibetan religious people.
The video also posted on Twitter accompanied the following message, “Dear Brutal Dictator XI JINPING and the Chinese Government Tibet belongs to the Tibetan people!”.
Also, that same day, the Boston Celtics player wore shoes stamped with the phrase “Free Tibet” made by Baidiucao, a Chinese-born dissident cartoonist living in Australia, during the game against the New York Knicks.
Shortly after the tweet was posted Wednesday, highlights of the Celtics’ game against the Knicks became unavailable on the Chinese-owned Tencent Sports app.
And Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, banned users from searching for “Kanter” on its platform from Thursday morning.
The NBA has increasingly found itself embroiled in controversies with the Chinese regime. The CCP demands that foreign companies adhere to its political positions to access the vast billion-dollar market China offers.
The NBA received devastating economic retaliation for airing comments on topics prohibited by the CCP in 2019, when Daryl Morey, then general manager of the Houston Rockets, explicitly supported the Hong Kong democracy movement.
This aroused the anger of the CCP, who immediately ordered the state broadcaster CCTV to stop broadcasting the games, causing millions of dollars in losses for the NBA.
In his latest video, Kanter condemned the leader of the Chinese regime, Xi, and the Communist Party and a list of influential and powerful Muslims for not standing up for their community.
“It is so disappointing that the governments and leaders of Muslim majority countries are staying silent while my Muslim brothers and sisters are getting killed, raped, and tortured,” Kanter said. He was referring to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Saudi King Salman, Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
“It is shameful and sad how you have decided to prioritize money and business with China over human rights,” the NBA player sentenced.