NBA Star Enes Kanter Joins D.C. Protest Demanding Congress to Fight Communist China’s Tyranny

Enes Kanter, a National Basketball Association (NBA) player, participated in a recent protest in Washington DC, urging Congress to “take tangible measures to end slavery,” under the communist regime in China.

Kanter launched a campaign last month against China’s ongoing atrocities towards several ethnic minorities. This risky move by the Boston Celtics center was in direct violation of the league’s pro-China rules. The Chinese Communist Party is known to have strong financial ties to the National Basketball Association. Although rare, anti-China statements against China in the past have cost the NBA tons of money.

Kanter, who’s playing time declined drastically since his anti-China campaign began this season, was in the capital to face off versus the Wizards. Kanter joined Uyghur, Tibetan and other groups in Washington and asked Congress to take action against companies that import goods from Chinese concentration camps.

Broadcast giant Voice of America reported that Kanter was part of a group of hundreds of activists on Sunday. They quoted Kanter as lamenting the fact that almost no other NBA players had taken a similar stand. Only Rudy Gobert, a Utah Jazz player, had previously spoken out against the genocide committed in China by Uyghurs before Kanter.

“As an NBA athlete, it is saddening, disgraceful, disgusting to see them remain silent about China. We need action. Not just words. We have to make human rights a priority in both U.S. and foreign policies,” Kanter said.

Congress has been delaying the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act for more than a year. The legislation, if passed, would prohibit imports from East Turkestan (the Uyghur homeland China manages under the name “Xinjiang”). This is due to the fact that there are hundreds of concentration camps in the area and cotton fields tended by Uyghur slaves. The law requires that any company seeking to import products from East Turkestan must prove to the U.S. government they are not utilizing slave labor.

The GOP-dominated U.S. Senate has already passed the bill, unfortunately, the Democrats in the House of Representatives aren’t making any progress to pass the proposed law. The bill was opposed by some of America’s largest corporations, including Nike, which is a major sponsor of the NBA.

“You do not protest police brutality in China. You do not speak about discrimination against the LGBTQ community, you do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China. You have still to speak up,” Kanter stated.

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