"Hikvision Football Arena" Lithuania Causes Controversy

By Charles Rollet, Published Jan 24, 2020, 02:05am EST

Controversy has arisen in Lithuania over Hikvision becoming a soccer team's top sponsor and gaining naming rights to their arena, with one local MP even comparing the company to the "Gulag or Gestapo".

In this note, we provide an overview of the controversy, Hikvision's response, and what this means for the firm.

Hikvision's *** ********* ******* *********

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******' ******* **** **** Hikvision ******* ***, *** Suduva's*******:

*******'* ************ ** *** sponsorship********** *******č***, ******** ** ** Grupė ***, * ********* distributor ************ ********* **** the ****** **** ******* Vidmantas *********.

Lithuanian **: "**'* **** ****** *** ******* '*****' ** '*******'"

*** **** ******* *********** controversy *** ** *********'*** ********* ** ********** ********** ** ***** rights ****** ** ********, leading ** *************************** ********** *****.

*** ******** ********* **** from ********** ******** ****ė***, ***************** *** ***, ********* *** ************ "**** ** *** face" *** ******** ********* to **** *******/****:

******* *** **** ** stadium ***** ** *“spit ** *** ****” of people oppressed by the Chinese government, a Lithuanian MP insists. “It's a state-controlled company whose technology is used to surveil, imprison, monitor and make life unbearable for Chinese dissidents, Uyghurs, a million of whom have been sent to concentration camps, and persecuted religious minorities,” said MP Mantas Adomėnas. “It's **** ****** *** ******* ‘*****’ ** ‘*******’,” he added. [emphasis added]

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******** **** ******* *** sponsorship ****** *******, ******* ****** "********** idiocy":

********* ******** ** ******* on ****ė***' **********.

Lithuania **** ******

**** *********** ** * ********** news ***************:

*** ****** ****** *** Hikvision *********** *** *********** Hikvision ** *** *********** announcement,******************, ******* *** ********* were "** ******** ******** we ****** *********", ********:

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********* **** **** ***** quotes **** *********** ********** to *******č***.

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*** ******* ******* ********* Football ***** ** **** has *** **** ********. However, ** *** **** term, ******** ******** ** PRC ********* ***** **** to ************ ** ***** operation ** ****** *** the ****** ** **-***** blacklists.

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*** **, ***** ** a **** ******, **** bigger **** ******, *** Lithuania. *****'* ****** **** be ******* ********, ******* sport - **** ******* to ***** **** ** Russia, ”**** *********č***. ** terms ** ************** - except ** ******** ***** - ***** ** ******* ahead ** ****** **** it ***** ** ******** and *********. ***, ******** is * ********, *** just * *****. *** money **** *** ***** there. *** ** ***** were ** ***** **********, maybe ** ***** **** been *********.If **** ** * ******* ** *** ********* ** *** ******** ** *** **, ********* ****** ** ***** ****** ** ****** *** ***** ********* *** *** ** *** *********. [emphasis added]

Human ****** ********** ** *******

**** ***** *** ********* PR ******* ********* ***** due ** *** ** sanctions, ***** ****** *** ability ** ** ****-******* sponsorships ******* *** ***.

**** ***** ** *** sanctions, ********* ************** ** ***** ***** in *** ***********(***** ********* ****** ** headquartered) **** *** ***** rights, ************ *** ***** ************* ***** ****** **** Ajax **.

*********, ********* **** *** need *********** ***** **** sports ***** ** *******. But *** *** ******** attention ** *** ***** rights ****** **** **** its ******* ** *** large ****** *****.

Comments (5)

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* ***** *** ****, thanks ********!

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