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Canada: Activists distribute 'stand with Hong Kong' T-shirts ahead of Raptors season opener

3 23.10.2019 Инфо

M/S Activist distributing T-shirts, activist saying: "[Free] shirts if you are going to the game", Toronto
M/S Activist with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong'
M/S T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong'
W/S Activist with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong', activist chanting: "Put on a free shirt before going into the game tonight. Stand with Hong Kong, come get a free shirt, sir."
M/S Activist with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong', activist chanting: "Wear shirt for democracy tonight, stay with Hong Kong, come get a free shirt going into the game."
W/S Activist with T-shirt, activist saying: "Free T-shirts if you are going to the game"
M/S Activist giving T-shirt *USPOUND* Activist: "Are you going to watch the game? Thank you so much. Can you wear this in the...? Thank you so much."
M/S Activist with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong', activist chanting: "Free shirts for the game."
W/S Activist with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong'
M/S Activist giving T-shirt
W/S Activist with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong'
M/S Activist JL with T-shirt reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong', activist chanting: "Get a free T-shirt, support freedom, raise your voice"
SOT, JL, Activist: "What we think is that we are aligning with NBA because we are both like victims of the China dictatorship and we wanted to get this chance to raise awareness of local Canadians to see what China is doing. They might not feel like what they are doing to Hong Kong is relevant to them. But today they can do something to Hong Kong, tomorrow they are doing something to NBA."
M/S Activist with T-shirt chanting: "Free shirts if you go to the game"
SOT, JL, Activist: "We got some of the people say: 'Why are you bringing politics into sports?', but we are actually trying to do this to make the opposite. Because China is using its power to influence what's happening in NBA and we are saying 'no' to that."
SCRIPT
Activists supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong distributed pro-Hong Kong T-shirts to basketball fans in Toronto on Tuesday, ahead of Toronto Raptors clash with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The T-shirts reading: 'The North stand with Hong Kong' were given away for free, which, according to one of the activists JL, symbolised that both NBA and Hong Kong were "victims of China dictatorship."
The choice of the sporting event to distribute the T-shirts was not accidental, as earlier general manager of US basketball team Houston Rockets Daryl Morey reportedly published a tweet supporting Hong Kong. He later deleted the tweet after it sparked controversy in the basketball industry, with media reports saying that China reportedly demanded NBA to fire Morey.