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Sport NBA China: Philadelphia 76ers fan kicked out for Hong Kong sign, chant

18:41  09 october  2019
18:41  09 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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A Philadelphia 76ers fan said he was kicked out of the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday for supporting the human rights protests in Hong Kong that have pitted the NBA and China against each other over the expression of free speech. 

Sam Wachs told NBC10 in Philadelphia that he and his wife brought a pair of signs that read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK" as the Sixers took on the Guangzhou Long-Lions, a Chinese Basketball Association team. Wachs told the news station he lived in Hong Kong for two years and is sympathetic to the protesters' causes. 

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First, security confiscated the signs. When they yelled "Free Hong Kong" during the second quarter, Wachs said, they were removed from the game. 

"We were saying, 'Free Hong Kong,'" he told NBC10. "What's wrong with that?" 

USA TODAY Sports' message left for the 76ers has not been immediately returned.

The NBA has been dealing with the fallout from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protesters since last week. (Morey later deleted the tweet and offered an apology.) On Tuesday, Chinese authorities arrested a Rockets fan who threatened to burn the national flag while wearing a team jersey. 

Hong Kong protesters go on rampage to denounce police shooting of student

  Hong Kong protesters go on rampage to denounce police shooting of student Hong Kong anti-government demonstrators clashed with police into the early hours of Thursday, venting their anger over a policeman's shooting and wounding of a teenager earlier in the week, as months of protests show no sign of letting up. Activists went on the rampage in districts across the Chinese-ruled city late into the night, hurling petrol bombs, setting fires, blocking roads and vandalizing some shops and metro stations as police fired tear gas to disperse them. "Wherever there are protests nearby I'll come ... I'm out tonight for a simple reason.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to play the first of two preseason games in China on Thursday, but the media sessions and charity events leading up to the games were postponed

Chinese state television CCTV has said it will not broadcast any preseason games and  that the league's defense of freedom of speech does not apply to matters of national sovereignty in the country. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA China: Philadelphia 76ers fan kicked out for Hong Kong sign, chant

Hong Kong government to withdraw bill that sparked protests .
Hong Kong authorities are set to formally withdraw an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. (Pictured) Riot police use pepper spray on Oct. 13.

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