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USA: Activists hand out 'Stand with Hong Kong' T-shirts at NBA opener

0 23.10.2019 Инфо

M/S Protesters chanting "Xi Jinping, Nazi" while holding T-shirt, US flag and signs, Los Angeles
C/U Finger pointing at T-shirt reading "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong"
M/S Protester holding poster depicting NBA Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James with Chinese notes glued on his mouth and reading "King of Chinese money"
C/U Sign depicting LeBron James getting out of tanker facing Chinese man
M/S Protesters handing out T-shirts
M/S Woman taking T-shirt handed out by protester
M/S Protester handing out T-shirt to men
M/S Man putting on T-shirt reading "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong"
M/S Man putting on T-shirt reading "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong"
M/S Women putting on T-shirt reading "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong"
SOT, Wilson Tur, Lakers fan from Hong Kong: "It is my very first NBA game to watch LeBron James and I am his huge fan. I've been [his fan], but I am a Hong Konger and I just listened to him and how he feels and I just feel sad about that. But I feel I have to do something right now to support Hong Kong now here in America, to let people know we support Hong Kong and let them hear our voice."
M/S Montage of LeBron James holding Chinese notes *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Melanie, Lakers fan: "See a lot of us want to shut off the problems and kind of ignore what's going on really in the world, but there is people out there who need us to be the voices of Hong Kong and we are in support of freedom of speech."
M/S Protesters organising boxes of T-shirts on truck
M/S Protesters organising T-shirts
M/S Organiser of protest Sun talking with a man
C/U T-shirt reading "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong"
SOT, Sun, T-shirt protest organiser Sun: "You should be able to at least appreciate your right of free speech, and appreciate that other people should have the right too. So when he [LeBron James] says 'Oh, people should be careful what they say, be careful what you tweet.' I mean, that is a chilling effect right there, right? That reflects the priorities of frankly a totalitarian government that is trying to silence one side of this debate by using billions and billions of dollars."
C/U Umbrella reading "Free Hong Kong"
W/S Protesters standing in front of large LeBron James picture by Staples Center
W/S Staples Center
SCRIPT
A group of activists handed out around 13,000 T-shirts emblazoned with "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong" outside the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, ahead of the first NBA game of the season between Lakers and Clippers.
The move came as a reaction against Lakers player LeBron James' calling Houston Rockets' General Manager Daryl Morey's now-deleted tweet supporting the anti-government protests in Hong Kong "misinformed."
Footage shows one of the activists holding a sign depicting LeBron James with Chinese notes glued on his mouth, and which read "King of Chinese money."
The organiser of the protest, Sun, explained that "you should be able to at least appreciate your right of free speech, and appreciate that other people should have the right too. So when he [LeBron James] says, Oh people should be careful what they say, be careful what you tweet.' I mean, that is a chilling effect right there, right? That reflects the priorities of frankly a totalitarian government that is trying to silence one side of this debate by using billions and billions of dollars."
Sun reportedly raised almost $43,000 (€38,650) through a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of this protest.
While Morey has deleted his October 4 tweet, Chinese companies and networks including state-run television network CCTV, streaming service Tencent and online shopping giant Alibaba suspended NBA broadcasts and product listings, after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver initially voiced his support for the Houston Rockets general manager.