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Basketball World Cup qualifiers: Chinese fans clash with protesters


Pandemonium erupted in the stands at John Kane Stadium as Australia played China in the Basketball World Cup qualifiers.

Chinese basketball fans clash with human rights activists at a game in Melbourne.

Pandemonium erupted in the stands at John Kane Stadium as Australia played China in the Basketball World Cup qualifiers.

Activist Max Mock claimed he was assaulted after he raised an Australian poster of a Uyghur Muslim imprisoned in China.

He also shouted “Free East Turkestan” and “Hong Kong independence” at basketball fans in China.

Video captured during the chaotic scenes shows a man pushing him into a mok while his girlfriend tries to hold him back.

Another photo shows a protester being dragged from the stadium by security.

Other demonstrators raised the Tibetan flag aloft in defiance.

China has made it illegal to fly the Tibetan flag because it claims the territory is part of mainland China.

Victoria Police said seven spectators were removed from the stadium.

The police added that no one was hurt.

China, the best team at the Boomers 76-69, qualified for the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

They play against Japan on Friday before another match on Sunday as they conclude the group matches.

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