When athletes get political: Support for the Uyghurs ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics

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NBA player Enes Kanter, back row centre, stands surrounded by Uyghur, Tibetan, Taiwanese and Hong Kong activists during a rally in Washington D.C.. Screengrab from the Talk East Turkestan YouTube channel. Why would there be a connection between certain sports celebrities and the Uyghur genocide? As China continues to crack down on dissidents and the non-Han Chinese population in its western Xinjiang region, activism and media attention is rising on the Uyghur question, while the Chinese government is adopting textbook propaganda measures to dismiss claims of systemic violence. Reports say that…

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