NBA star player Enes Kanter expressed his strong support for Taiwan in a video where he says: “Taiwan is not part of China. Taiwan is a democratic and free country,” and the island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, thanked him for his support.
Tsai thanked Kanter for “standing with Taiwan,” reiterating that her people: “will always defend their hard-won freedom and democracy,” according to Taiwan News Nov. 14.
She added in her tweet that the support of Kanter and other international friends “gives (Taiwan) strength.”
For his part, Kanter was quick to repost Tsai’s thank you video, reminding, “We are stronger when we are together.”
“What an-honor! Thank you to the president of Taiwan Ing-wen for your kind words. I can’t wait to come visit your beautiful country, learn about Taiwanese culture, taste some of your delicious food, and meet the brave people of Taiwan. We are stronger when we stand together,” Kanter said.
Kanter’s courageous and no less risky defense of human rights for which he becomes the standard-bearer elicits abundant comments and praise from netizens.
“Mr.Enes Kanter has been genuinely born with a mind of justice to against injustice,a heart of kindness to against unkindness,a courage to speak and act those,not being cowardly not to do those. He’s a gentleman of authentic purity,role model of all human.,” wrote Twitter account user @Yoshimu51295524.
For his part, the account holder thanked Kanter: “Thank you Enes for taking such a powerful support stand for Taiwan, You’re so brave! You’re awesome! Taiwan looking forward to your visit. We Taiwanese all love to see you as well.”
Kanter thus continues his unstoppable fight over human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In a Nov. 14 tweet, he raised questions ahead of the upcoming conversation between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
“President Joe Biden & Dictator Xi Jinping are scheduled to speak POTUS. Stop playing games with bullies & do what you promised to the world! Prioritize Human Rights!” tweeted Kanter.
He added: “Will Joe Biden ask about Uyghur Genocide or assault on Tibetans & HK? Or will they pat each other on the back?”
In retaliation against Kanter’s criticism, the CCP canceled TV broadcasts of basketball games, which could cause millions of dollars in losses to the NBA.
Additionally, Kanter claimed to have been threatened with a ban by NBA officials following his public questioning of Communist China’s slave labor practices.
However, the Turkish player was not only undaunted, but he also doubled down on his criticism of the regime’s genocide against the Uighurs, and other ethnic minorities and religious beliefs such as Falun Dafa, writing a tweet that read:
“Heartless Dictator of China, XI JINPING and the Communist Party of China. I am calling you out in front of the whole world. Close down the SLAVE labor camps and free the UYGHUR people! Stop the GENOCIDE, now!”