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Hong Kong Supporters Converge on Staples Center For Season Opener

L.A. Clippers fan Ernesto Becerra of Upland said he would put on the shirt inside Staples to show support for Hong Kong protesters.
L.A. Clippers fan Ernesto Becerra of Upland said he would put on the shirt inside Staples to show support for Hong Kong protesters.
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Last night at Staples Center, the Clippers beat the Lakers in a thrilling season opener. And that wasn’t all. The game was also a big deal for some NBA fans invested in ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Before the game, dozens of volunteers said they gave away 10,000 T-shirts supporting Hong Kongers who’ve been protesting Chinese influence. The T-shirts were made by a Bay-area man with $43,000 he raised in under two days on GoFundMe.