Beijing took no time to act after Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter posted a video on Twitter describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “brutal dictator” and calling for the independence of Tibet.
China’s video-streaming giant Tencent shut down the live broadcast of the game Wednesday between the Celtics and New York Knicks, the Washington Post reported.
In his video, Kanter, who grew up in Turkey, spoke for more than two minutes in support of Tibetan independence.
“Brutal dictator of China, Xi Jinping, I have a message for you and your henchmen,” he said, clad in a shirt with an image of the Dalai Lama. “Free Tibet, free Tibet, free Tibet.”
China seized the mountainous region in 1950 after four decades as a de facto independent state. (Read more from “China Wipes NBA Team From TV After Player Criticized Beijing” HERE)