The country of Turkey has labeled ex-Jazzman Enes Kanter a member of Gülen movement, which is a social movement in Turkey that has been standing up to oppressive regime of President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan. The Turkish government is now calling for Kanter’s arrest by Interpol.
President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan as you know is a democratically elected leader who only, you know, rewrote the constitution of his country by a referendum vote in 2017 by allowing non stamped (unverified) votes to be counted. Because if you’re rewriting your constitution what’s a few million unverified votes when the race is being decided by only a million votes?
Enes Kanter taunted the charges on his twitter by posting the tweet below.
Yakalayamazsıııın!!!— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 26, 2017
Hepinizin o çirkin, nefret dolu suratlarınıza tükürmeye zaten kendim geleceğim. pic.twitter.com/hw0LUp4MNo
You might remember that Enes Kanter had just recently been on ESPN talking about this issue.
On that same day he wrote in the Player’s Tribune:
Last week I escaped in the middle of the night from Indonesia. Then I got detained in an airport in Romania because the Turkish government canceled my passport. All on the same weekend. Maybe you saw the videos I posted.
It was my birthday on Saturday, too. I turned 25.
In one second, I was countryless. Just like that.
It was a very weird birthday.
It is crazy how a government can take away your right to go home. Or your freedom to travel. Not for any actual crimes, but for what you say or what you believe.
That is what the Erdoğan government did to me. That is what is happening right now to thousands of people in Turkey. The biggest threat to Erdoğan is free speech, so he will punish anyone who speaks up or thinks for himself. You can ask the protesters beaten by his security detail last week in Washington, D.C.
Whether you support him or not, President Donald Trump had recently praised the Erdoğan led goverment. He was the only Western leader to congratulate Erdoğan for completely gutting his countries constitution in the April referendum.