Hong Kong activist Edward Leung has been released after spending four years in prison. Convicted of assaulting police at a 2016 protest. The 30-year-old activist was sentenced to 6 years in prison, but released early for good behaviour.
Leung was a prominent face of the Hong Kong independence movement. He coined the slogan that has become a symbol of the protests in recent years: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time.” The logo has since been banned because it is associated with the separatist movement. Under the strict security law introduced in 2020, very little is allowed.
In 2018, the 26-year-old activist was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and participating in riots during the so-called Vespal Revolution. The unrest began when authorities attempted to crack down on illegal street vendors in Mong Kok on Chinese New Year in 2016. Opponents viewed this as an attack on local traditions and protested.
Leung wrote in a statement on his Facebook page after his release that he had been reunited with his family. He also said that he will stop using social media and will not give interviews. “After four years, I want to use this precious time to be with my family and lead a normal life.” After a while, his Facebook page was deleted.
With the Security Act, Beijing continued to tighten its grip on Hong Kong. Independent media is closedget active arrested and convicted, in a statues Commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing will be removed.
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