A flash mob demonstration took place outside New York City’s Madison Square Garden ahead of a NBA pre-season game on Friday, October 11, to show solidarity with Hong Kong protesters and to show support for Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey.
Morey tweeted his support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protestors, prompting significant criticism from China’s basketball association, Chinese officials, media and basketball fans. Morey later deleted the tweet and said “I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event…My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA”.
Alvin Lum, a journalist with the South China Morning Post, posted these videos to Twitter on Friday, writing: “The protest outside of MSG ended with chants in Cantonese:‘Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times! #nba’” Credit: South China Morning Post / @alvinllum via Storyful