Enes Kanter says his father's been released from Turkish prison: 'I could cry'

Enes Kanter announced on Friday that his father, Mehmet Kanter, was released from a Turkish prison after seven years.
The Boston Celtics Center, which grew up in Switzerland after its birth in Switzerland, once played for the Turkish national team. Since 2013, Kanter has spoken out against the Turkish dictator and president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in 2017 calls him "the Hitler of our century".
He believes his father was imprisoned for his relationship with him.
"My father was released!"
Enes Kanter

@EnesKanter
1) Wow!
I could cry
Today I found out that 7 years after my father's arrest, I took him through a kangaroo court and accused him of being a criminal just because he was my father.

My father was released!
This is due to the pressure we have exerted on the Turkish regime.
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Kanter praised his supporters for helping to raise political awareness and urged them to maintain pressure on the "tens of thousands of people wrongly imprisoned in Turkey".
Enes Kanter

@EnesKanter
2) They could no longer keep him from his freedom because we all put this case in the spotlight!

However! He is just one person, and tens of thousands of people are still wrongly imprisoned in Turkey.

I will not forget you, we will not forget you!
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@EnesKanter
3) This proves that the voice of the people will always urge dictators to end up doing the right thing.
Don't be afraid to stand for what is always right.
Stand for FREEDOM
Stand for DEMOCRACY
Stand for HUMAN RIGHTS
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Kanter had refused to leave the United States
Kanter does not claim any country because he is seeking American citizenship. He will receive US citizenship in 2021. The eight-year-old NBA veteran had refused to travel to Canada to play street games against the Toronto Raptors in Canada for fear of losing US protection and being arrested and deported.
Kanter traveled to Toronto last Christmas to play the Celtics game against the Raptors and wrote a statement for Globe and Mail thanking the Canadian government for ensuring his security, while the Turkish government continued to seek arrest.
Enes Kanter urged his followers to continue fighting for freedom, democracy and human rights while announcing his father's freedom. (AP Photo / Winslow Townson)
Kanter says he is still being harassed
Kanter's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his connection with Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish scholar and Islamic clergyman who was accused of a failed coup against the Erdogan regime in 2016. Kanter is an outspoken supporter of Gulen and fears his own detention and potential death by the Turkish government.
In October, he tweeted a video from outside a Boston mosque with his teammate Tacko Fall, claiming that Erdogan's thugs attacked and threatened me.
Enes Kanter

@EnesKanter
Hello everybody! #DictatorErdogan @RTErdogan thugs attacked and threatened me today in a mosque after Friday prayers in Boston

The Turkish government doesn't even let me freely practice my religion in America, let alone attack my freedom of speech @ FBI @ FBIBoston @ bostonpolice
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Kanter is in his first season with the Celtics and is expected to play again when the NBA season starts again at Disney World.
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